The drinking water for 2.4 million is at stake

From start to finish, the process of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, would threaten our waters. Toxic chemicals can leak into drinking water. Spills of harmful wastewater can pollute rivers and lakes. The methane gas stirred loose during the drilling process can end up in tap water, causing it to ignite. In North Carolina, the drinking water for at least 2.4 million people, including more than 400,000 well users, is at stake. 

Thousands of acres have already been leased ...

Out-of-state companies have leased thousands of acres to drill in rural Chatham, Moore and Lee Counties, near the Deep River and the Cape Fear River. Some state leaders are suggesting fracking as far west as the Nantahala National Forest—putting precious mountain streams at risk.

... and drilling could begin as early as May 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have enacted a new law to allow fracking permits as soon as May 2015. We’re working to build the support we need to stand up to the governor, the gas companies, and leaders in the General Assembly to delay new permits and restore our moratorium on this risky drilling practice. Take action now to keep N.C. frack-free.

Just how risky is fracking?

Check out our fracking expose to learn more about the consequences of fracking across the country.

How we're fighting back

Your financial support gives us the resources to research, lobby and organize more citizen support to win. Your letters, emails and phone calls put pressure on lawmakers to enact a moratorium on fracking in the first place.

By taking action and sending a message to North Carolina decision-makers, we can show them North Carolinians don't want fracking in our state. Together, we can keep our moratorium and protect our drinking water, our rivers and our lakes. 

Issue updates

News Release

Proposal to allow fracking draws criticism

Raleigh, NC—Today, a special committee led by Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) proposed legislation that would legalize fracking in 2014 and create a new state bureaucracy to oversee the gas drilling technique that has caused air and water around the country.  Environment North Carolina sharply criticized the committee’s recommendations.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Representatives propose caution on fracking

Raleigh, NC—Reps. Mitch Gillespie and Mike Stone announced legislation today that would continue study of the controversial form of gas drilling known as “fracking” for another two years.  Environment North Carolina State Director Elizabeth Ouzts commended their cautious approach, and issued a statement in response.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Fracking Takes Center Stage in NC Senate Committee

Today, a North Carolina Senate committee examined the critical issue of fracking in the Tar Heel state.  Environmental advocates urged the committee to go slow.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Nearly half of all legislators score a “zero” on the environment

Raleigh, NC— A record 55 representatives and 24 senators failed to cast a single contested vote in favor of the environment in 2011, a reflection of the repeated attacks waged by the General Assembly on the state’s air, water, and open spaces last year.  

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

House leaders threaten, but take no action on drilling bill

Raleigh—For the fifth time in a row since Governor Perdue vetoed the controversial energy bill that lays the groundwork for onshore and offshore drilling, House leaders threatened an override--this time in the wee hours of an unrrelated special session--but failed to deliver.

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