News: Mining & Energy

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Public's feedback sought as fracking rules are finalized

The democratic process has gone into effect on fracking in North Carolina, with everyone now invited to submit comments, questions and suggestions about proposed rules and regulations for the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Citizens raise concerns at hearing about water rules

With a muffled beat of bass and snare drums sounding from just outside, anti-fracking activists spent Tuesday evening voicing concerns to several state regulatory officials who had come to Sanford.


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

Water quality hearing draws anti-fracking crowd

A public hearing in Sanford Tuesday night on proposed new water quality regulations drew a large crowd, many of whom got up to speak about their opposition to hydraulic fracturing.

 

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking gas drilling bill

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for gas drilling by a method called fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring.


Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

McCrory says he will sign fracking bill

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign North Carolina's fracking legislation into law this week.


Jun. 01, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TAKE 5: Board member looks at fracking issues

Today, in the second of two parts of an extended Take 5, we talk with Sanford native and Lee County property owner Ray Covington, who’s a member of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC)


May. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: MEC member: As fracking moves ahead, protections, education are key

Today, in the first of two parts of an extended Take 5, we talk with Sanford native and Lee County property owner Ray Covington, who’s a member of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission


May. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fracking bill heads to North Carolina governor

A bill to allow permits for fracking in North Carolina was all but a done deal Thursday as it heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.


May. 29, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

SANFORD: Council discusses impact of hydraulic fracturing

The Sanford City Council looked at the possible environmental and economic impact of hydraulic fracturing in Lee County during its law and finance meeting on Wednesday.


May. 25, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Bill puts Lee County air monitor at risk

Proposed legislation with the potential to shut down Lee County's baseline ambient air quality monitor passed its second reading in the North Carolina Senate on Thursday in a vote of 37-31.


May. 22, 2014 @ 06:28 PM

Fracking bill OK'd by NC Senate; House next stop

Legislation that would officially end North Carolina's moratorium on fracking next summer has cleared the state Senate after some additional changes that backers say will improve safety and any potential cleanup.


May. 22, 2014 @ 03:46 PM

Fracking bill OK'd by NC Senate; House next stop

Legislation that would officially end North Carolina's moratorium on fracking next summer has cleared the state Senate after some additional changes that backers say will improve safety and any potential cleanup.


May. 21, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Granting NC fracking permits in 2015 has Senate OK

The state Senate wants North Carolina to begin issuing the first permits to explore underground for natural gas using a process called fracking as soon as next summer.


May. 21, 2014 @ 02:38 PM

Senate bill seeks NC fracking permits next year

The effort to get the exploration of natural gas in North Carolina using a process called fracking started next year is moving ahead at the legislature.


May. 20, 2014 @ 08:02 PM

NC legislative committee OKs gas fracking bill

A bill that would make it a crime to publicly disclose the secret chemical mixtures that energy companies pump into the ground when fracking for natural gas is headed for a vote before the North Carolina Senate.


May. 13, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Public will have say on MEC report

The discussion over rules for natural gas development in North Carolina is getting ready to move from the academic sphere to the political one, as proponents look to lift the ban on drilling to hopefully jump-start the economy.


May. 09, 2014 @ 09:30 PM

Scenes from Relay for Life


May. 06, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

AP IMPACT: Deadly side effect to fracking boom

Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment.


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a Pennsylvania community and raising the possibility that lawmakers will have to take sides.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Speakers talk strategy with local fracking opponents

Gathered at a Pinehurst church, dozens of anti-fracking activists from Central Carolina heard national speakers spread their environmental gospel late into Tuesday night.


Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Officials say local water is safe despite coal ash concerns

While the state investigates claims Duke Energy has illegally been pumping a toxic sludge known as coal ash into the Cape Fear River near Moncure, some locals have a more pressing concern: Is tap water safe?


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 08:27 PM

NC fracking panel sets drilling gap from homes

A state panel recommending rules for natural gas drilling in North Carolina says wells shouldn't be at least 650 feet from buildings, homes and water wells.


Jan. 13, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Lab study cuts fracking waste's radioactivity

Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations.


Jan. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Fracking debate advances

This is the last full calendar year before natural gas operations, including the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, can be made legal in North Carolina. Much will therefore be in store, and at stake, for those on either side of the drilling debate.


Jan. 05, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: Legislative action has local effects

The North Carolina General Assembly made waves in 2013.