News: Mining & Energy

Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Experts talk toxicity, reuses of coal ash

Q&A with Dr. Dennis Lemly and John Daniels

 

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Public hearings set for April

As Duke Energy awaits permit approval from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its coal ash storage projects in Lee and Chatham counties, local residents are getting another opportunity to voice their concerns about the projects at public hearings in April.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 07:55 PM

U.S. charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.


Feb. 19, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

SEC Filing: Duke says it expects to settle criminal probe

Duke Energy said Wednesday it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant.


Feb. 13, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Officials oppose MEC fracking rules

Democratic lawmakers in Lee County formally expressed their dissatisfaction with the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission's proposed rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina Wednesday


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 10:10 PM

Rally kicks off campaign against ‘dirty industry’

More than 30 people stood on the edge of Duke Energy's proposed coal ash storage site in Lee County Thursday for a press conference, rally and prayer vigil to kick off a three-state campaign against “dirty industry,” including coal ash and hydraulic fracturing.


Feb. 03, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

LEE COMMISSIONERS: Board repeals pro-fracking resolution

On Monday night, with a fresh Democrat majority, the Lee County Board of Commissioners rescinded a resolution supporting extraction of natural gas in North Carolina — a resolution the formerly Republican-controlled board passed in April 2012. 


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

NCDOT: More than 1,600 trucks could be used in fracking operations

Lee County residents could expect to see more than 1,600 trucks for each hydraulic fracturing operation that comes to the area, which could cause extensive road and bridge damage and take weeks to repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.


Dec. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Proposed gas pipeline bypasses Sanford

Despite a proposed alternative route that would take it through Lee County, Dominion Resource's Atlantic Coast Pipeline will not pass through Sanford on its route from West Virginia to Lumberton, according to a Dominion spokesman.


Dec. 05, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Work under way on natural gas fueling station

A $1.5 million compressed natural gas fueling station is under construction in Sanford as part of wholesale fuel distributor Gain Clean Fuel's efforts to build a network of 100 such stations nationwide by 2017.


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

'This doesn't help us'

Local government, business and community leaders raised a number of concerns regarding Duke Energy's plans to transport and store 20 million tons of coal ash in Sanford and Moncure during a closed meeting Monday afternoon at The Flame.

Bob Joyce, president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the meeting, said the chamber kept attendance to a minimum to promote more in-depth questions and answers.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Sanford could serve as storage site for coal ash

Duke Energy’s surprise announcement Thursday that it would be transporting millions of tons of coal ash to Lee County is being described as a reclamation project.

But Lee County Manager John Crumpton, along with many Lee County residents, have major issues with the project as part of Duke Energy’s plans to close the coal ash basins that store the material generated from it’s North Carolina power plants.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Hopefuls spar over spending, jobs at forum

N.C. Senate District 12 and House District 54 candidates discussed the problem with the legislature’s spending — or lack of — and also touched on other contentious issues such as fracking and teacher pay at a forum Tuesday hosted by The Sanford Herald.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Offshore oil, renewables in East Coast’s future?

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America’s East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

EnvironmentaLEE receives grant to test local air quality

A local environmental group will be performing baseline air quality monitoring at several sites across Lee County thanks to a $2,400 environmental testing grant from Technical Education Research Centers, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 03:05 PM

Local candidates for sheriff, House, go one-on-one in Herald forum

After a sometimes tense discussion between candidates for Lee County Sheriff focused on gang prevention tactics and community policing, the candidates for the N.C. House District 51 seat took the stage during The Sanford Herald's Candidate Forum at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center Tuesday night to offer stances on everything from public education spending to hydraulic fracturing.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Anti-radiation meds available to those within 10-mile radius of Harris plant

The potassium iodide tablets given to residents living within 10 miles of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant  in 2010 expired at the end of September, so the Lee County Health Department will be handing out free doses to anyone in the area on Oct. 11.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Fracking, teacher pay ignite debate during CEAD forum

State and county candidates mingled outside, passed out pamphlets and put up campaign signs to spread their name and platform to the public before the forum hosted by the Council for Effective Actions and Decisions Thursday.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: NCPC leader: Fracking is environmentally safe

This week, we Take 5 with David McGowan. He is currently the executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC).


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Safety concerns nearly grind fracking hearing to a halt

With up to 700 people expected to turn out for the public hearing on hydraulic fracturing in Sanford Friday night, members of the state Mining and Energy Commission were scrambling to find security for the event just hours before the doors of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center were set to open.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hundreds attend fracking hearing in Raleigh

Hundreds attended a public meeting Wednesday in Raleigh on rules for hydraulic fracturing drilling in North Carolina, with many voicing opposition and some even breaking into anti-fracking songs at the podium.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Fracking rules up for comment

Lee County citizens and government officials are preparing for the local public hearing on the rules regarding hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.


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.