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 | Environment North Carolina

More Than 50,000 North Carolinians tell Governor McCrory: Ban Fracking.

RALEIGH, NC- More than thirty environmental and social justice groups came together on Tuesday to deliver over 50,000 petitions to Governor Pat McCrory calling on him to reinstate the ban on fracking.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory ushers in fracking

Raleigh, NC—Fulfilling a foregone conclusion, Gov. Pat McCrory lifted the state's fracking moratorium today, signing into law a contentious bill that will permit the controversial form of drilling as soon as May of 2015.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. General Assembly lifts fracking moratorium

Raleigh, NC—Permits for fracking could be issued in North Carolina as early as May 2015, according to a measure that cleared the N.C. General Assembly this evening. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. Senate lifts fracking moratorium

Raleigh, NC  -- Fracking would begin in North Carolina as soon as July 2015, according to a bill that cleared the Senate today on a final vote of 36 to 11.  S.B. 786, which sped through two committees on Tuesday and passed its first full vote in the Senate yesterday, lifts the state’s moratorium next summer, but no longer brings jail time for disclosing toxic chemicals.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Senate committees fast-track fracking

Raleigh, NC  -- The state’s moratorium on fracking would be lifted and a complex suite of more than 120 fracking rules would be exempt from meaningful legislative review, according to a measure that cleared two separate Senate committees today in less than four hours.  Under S.B. 786, likely to be voted on by the full Senate on Wednesday, the controversial form of gas drilling would begin as soon as next summer.

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