News: Mining & Energy

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.

 

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.