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

General Assembly Retains Fracking Moratorium

Raleigh, NC—Backing down from earlier versions of a sweeping measure on oil and gas extraction in North Carolina, the N.C. General Assembly has voted to retain the state's moratorium on fracking, the controversial form of gas drilling that has long been prohibited in the state. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. House breaks promise; approves fracking and drilling

Raleigh, NC—The N.C. House voted for a bill today to allow fracking permits to be issued on March 1, 2015, undoing a key provision of a 2012 law that placed a moratorium on the controversial drilling process.   The bill, S.B. 76, now goes back to the state Senate for approval.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. Senate votes to lift fracking moratorium

Raleigh, NC—The N.C. Senate gave final approval today to a bill to lift the state’s moratorium on fracking, the controversial form of natural gas drilling, beginning in March 2015.  The measure, which contains a laundry list of incentives for oil and gas companies, now moves to the House.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Senate committee votes to lift fracking moratorium

Raleigh, NC—The state’s moratorium on fracking would be lifted and the controversial form of natural gas drilling allowed in North Carolina in 2015, according to a bill that cleared a committee today and now heads to the full N.C. Senate.  

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Environment North Carolina launches 'real-time' legislative scorecard

A new online scorecard from Environment North Carolina gives voters a real-time look at how elected officials are voting to protect the state’s air, water, and natural areas.

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