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

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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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Senators push dangerous fracking and offshore drilling proposal

Raleigh, NC—Fracking, the controversial form of natural gas drilling linked to water and air pollution, could begin in North Carolina in 2015, and Gov. Pat McCrory would have new powers to advocate offshore oil and gas drilling, according to a proposal introduced last night by Sens. Bob Rucho, Andrew Brock, and Buck Newton. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Environment North Carolina Announces 2012 Endorsements

RALEIGH, NC —Environment North Carolina announced its endorsements for the 2012 election season, shining a spotlight on key pro-environment candidates for state government and the White House.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

New report details cost of fracking

Raleigh, NC—Joined by several local elected officials from Creedmoor to Chatham County, Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center today released a report documenting the monetary costs imposed by “fracking,” the controversial form of gas drilling the General Assembly moved to legalize in July.  As documented in the study, fracking creates millions of dollars of costs—many paid at the local level—related to everything from contaminated drinking water to accidents that require emergency response.

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