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

Report | Environment North Carolina

Offshore Drilling: Fact Sheet on Impacts to Marine Life

Our coasts are home to stunning wildlife and incredible beaches, from the Jersey Shore to the Outer Banks to the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately offshore drilling is putting our natural heritage and marine life at risk. On ‘good’ days, drilling kills and injures wildlife and threatens human health and the economy. When they happen (which is all too frequently) major disasters such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout are catastrophic.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

On day NC fracking permits can be issued, new report details massive PA fracking violation

Raleigh, NC- On the first day that fracking permits can be issued, a report released today documented more than one thousand environmental violations by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania. The report, titled “Fracking Failures,” analyzed permit violations over the last three years. Joining Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center at the release were several concerned legislators, including legislators from the areas at the center of the fracking debate.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Fracking Failures

Fracking is dirty. From the very beginning of clearing a site for drilling, through extraction, transport and delivery of finished products, fracking poses significant risks to our air and water and to human health. People who live and work near fracking sites are at greater risk for respiratory and neurological diseases.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Fracking air pollution standards ‘optional’ in House bill

Raleigh, NC- The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill today that removes a mandate requiring the state to create air pollution rules for the fracking industry.

HB 157, introduced by Rep. Mike Hager (R- Rutherford), instructs the NC Environmental Management Commission (EMC), to issue air pollution rules around fracking, only if deemed necessary.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

New plan puts North Carolina in the crosshairs for offshore oil drilling and exploration

Raleigh, NC- Today, Secretary Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) released the five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling, and North Carolina is front and center.

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