News: Mining & Energy

Jul. 13, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

Boards could limit fracking areas

On Monday, Lee County residents will have the opportunity to speak out about a local zoning ordinance change that would limit the areas oil and gas extraction could occur in the county – a proactive measure for hydraulic fracturing.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Duke to excavate 12 more coal ash basins

Duke Energy wll excavate 12 more coal ash basins in North Carolina and the majority of the ash could be relocated to the coal ash sites at Colon and Brickhaven roads in Sanford and Moncure respectively.


May. 05, 2015 @ 09:20 PM

Environmental group files lawsuit against N.C. MEC

Unhappy that the state's Mining and Energy Commission can overturn local rules for hydraulic fracturing, an environmental group recently joined residents of Chatham, Anson and Granville counties in filing a lawsuit.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Local legislators introduce fracking bills

N.C. Reps. Brad Salmon and Robert Reives filed two bills this week dealing with hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina – House Bills 772 and 773 — in a bid to address two major concerns.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Bill would prohibit compulsory pooling

A bill filed in the N.C. House of Representatives Thursday would prohibit compulsory or forced pooling, a practice that gives the state the right to compel non-consenting landowners to allow hydraulic fracturing companies to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EnvironmentaLEE begins baseline air quality testing

Less than a week after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill making it optional for the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to adopt air quality rules related specifically to hydraulic fracturing, members of EnvironmentaLEE began performing their own baseline tests on air quality in Lee County on Sunday.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

COAL ASH: Controversy ensues over possible Duke Energy deal

Since Duke Energy's offer of up to $12 million for coal ash storage in Lee County was revealed this week, some residents and officials have called into question how the potential deal was formed.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

With delay over, Lee could see drilling by fall

With hydraulic fracturing officially legal in North Carolina, state and local officials differ on whether Lee County will see natural gas exploration in the near future — given drops in gas and oil prices.

Mar. 11, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

‘Ashes, ashes, we all fall down’

About 10 local residents stood outside Gov. Pat McCrory’s office Tuesday as Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League representatives announced plans to start a radio advertising campaign

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chatham commissioners oppose natural gas extraction

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution this week opposing the extraction of natural gas in the county.

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.