News: Mining & Energy

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.

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.