News: Mining & Energy

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.


Jan. 02, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: '2013 was quite a roller coaster ride'

As 2014 continues, state and local officials will be putting some of the finishing touches on rules and regulations for hydraulic fracturing, and energy companies will likely continue leasing land at a similar or accelerated pace.


Dec. 05, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

McCrory says more diverse energy ahead for NC

North Carolina is poised for an economic boost thanks to laws authorizing fracking and by opening the door wider to more alternative energy production, Gov. Pat McCrory predicted Wednesday before state business leaders.


Nov. 20, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Protesters condemn fracking at rally

Holding anti-fracking signs and caricatures of N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, a small crowd of activists gathered along with local leaders and curious onlookers Tuesday morning outside the Lee County Courthouse to speak out against hydraulic fracturing.


Nov. 19, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Hosts of fracking forums hope to educate, inform

Lois Gibbs, billed as the "mother of the grassroots environmental movement," because of her work fighting pollution in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in the 1970s and 1980s, will be in Sanford today talking about hydraulic fracturing.

She's not a fan.


Oct. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

MEC chair defends fracking during public policy luncheon

Natural gas drilling likely will be allowed in North Carolina by early 2015, and Jim Womack told a mix of business leaders, politicians and environmental activists Monday that the practice will be an economic boon.


Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Anti-fracking activists make case in Raleigh

A new report, part scientific study and part policy proposal, claims that hydraulic fracturing has far too many health risks to be allowed to go on anywhere in the United States, including in North Carolina.


Sep. 19, 2013 @ 04:02 PM

'The good, the bad, the ugly'

A de facto ban remains on hydraulic fracturing and other natural gas development in North Carolina, but all the conversation at a joint meeting of various government and business officials Wednesday morning focused on when — and not if — the controversial process gets started in Lee County.


Sep. 13, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

League seeks stricter rules on drilling

At a press conference Thursday, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) joined with residents of Lee, Alamance and Anson counties to call for stricter regulations related to natural gas drilling.


Sep. 04, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

City Council hears natural gas drilling proposals

Sanford City Council was the first municipal body to review a final set of recommendations dictating how local governments could potentially regulate the natural gas and oil industry, including hydraulic fracturing, Tuesday night.


Aug. 30, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Speakers plead for protection during forced pooling debate

When a study group of the Mining and Energy Commission approved a policy recommendation Wednesday to continue allowing forced pooling in North Carolina, it did so unanimously.


Aug. 29, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Study group greenlights forced pooling proposals

On Wednesday, official policy recommendations for compulsory pooling took a step toward becoming reality.


Jul. 27, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

CCCC trustees consider fracking training program

At the same time it's facing significant turnover, the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees is also directing the college to plow ahead with two programs that could increase the size and scope of the school.


Jul. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Rep. Stone leads successful discussions on fracking bill

Following weeks of negotiations that saw local politicians playing key roles, the General Assembly found compromise recently on a bill that lays further groundwork for energy development in North Carolina, including hydraulic fracturing.


Jul. 21, 2013 @ 09:54 PM

Fracking films reflect twists in drilling debate

The boom in natural gas drilling has cast two opposing documentary filmmakers in unlikely roles.


Jul. 19, 2013 @ 08:39 PM

DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn't taint water

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.


Jul. 19, 2013 @ 08:29 PM

NC fracking bill doesn't set permit issuance date

Compromise legislation to further encourage the exploration of natural gas in North Carolina doesn't tinker after all with the schedule on future fracking permits.


Jul. 08, 2013 @ 04:44 PM

NC chemical plant blocked in anti-fracking protest

At least nine activists who blocked a North Carolina chemical plant were arrested in a protest against the company's sale of products used in the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.


Jun. 28, 2013 @ 07:58 PM

NC panel protests keeping secret on fracking

A state commission voted Friday to write a letter to the N.C. Legislature in protest of a bill that would remove public disclosure of chemicals pumped into the ground during fracking from the panel's control.


Jun. 25, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

NC Senate bill adds divisive new fracking measures

What's often considered an annual environmental housecleaning bill in the North Carolina Legislature drew fierce criticism Tuesday after lawmakers presented a sweeping new version of the bill with provisions governing hydraulic fracturing and air quality.


Jun. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

FRACKING: MEC Chair Womack pleased by advance of House bill

Hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina has come one step closer to starting in fewer than two years — a move praised by a local official who is involved in regulating the controversial practice.


Jun. 09, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

NRC to outline findings at Harris nuke plant

As Duke Energy Corp. restarts a nuclear power plant that shut down for more than three weeks, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are promising to share what they found when they inspected early signs of corrosion and cracking inside the reactor vessel's covering.