News: Mining & Energy

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.


Jun. 07, 2013 @ 04:48 PM

NC House approves more moderate fracking bill

A bill clearing the way for oil and gas drilling in North Carolina passed the state House Friday, despite calls from Democratic lawmakers to slow down permitting.


Jun. 06, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

NC House 'fracking' bill heading to House floor

A bill clearing the way for oil and gas drilling in North Carolina is headed to the state House floor after clearing an environmental committee Thursday.


Jun. 06, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

NC House panel OKs more cautious 'fracking' bill

North Carolina would take a more cautious approach to allowing oil and gas drilling under legislation that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee.


Jun. 02, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Officials developing rules on oil and gas exploration to meet in June

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and several of its study groups are scheduled to meet in June to continue developing a modern regulatory program for oil and gas exploration.


May. 17, 2013 @ 04:56 PM

Shearon Harris plant shut down after crack discovered

A nuclear plant near North Carolina's capital city was shut down after operators reviewing ultrasonic tests from last year found the results showed tiny marks of corrosion and cracking that need repair, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.


May. 12, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

U.S. NRC hosting public meeting on Harris plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a public meeting and open house on May 20 to discuss the agency’s assessment of safety performance during 2012 at the Harris nuclear power plant. The plant, operated by Duke Energy, is near New Hill, about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh.


May. 03, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

NC fracking rule pulled after Halliburton objects

A new rule set for approval by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission requiring some disclosure of fracking chemicals has been withdrawn at the request of industry giant Halliburton.


Apr. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

State study group focuses on cooperation measures

A state study group focused on pooling of land has recommended that oil and natural gas operators be compelled to work together, under certain circumstances, when it involves leased tracts in close proximity.


Mar. 23, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Group seeks tax revenue options

After approving a policy recommendation, the Compulsory Pooling Study Group of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) spent Friday morning at the Cooperative Extension in Lee County tackling new questions — primarily how to further define and regulate the pooling process, and how local governments might see tax income other than severance taxes on gas and property taxes on equipment.


Mar. 23, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Control questions surface at meeting

Striking a balance between local government zoning control and natural gas industry regulations was the focus of a state government study committee Friday afternoon.


Mar. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION: Health implications discussed at Stand Your Ground meeting

Although many of the speakers and the topics they covered at a meeting Tuesday night held by anti-fracking activists were familiar, there was one significant change — the average age of the audience was much younger than in most meetings related to the subject.


Mar. 02, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Pooling study group releases draft policy

Hydraulic fracturing regulations in North Carolina are now one small step closer to being finalized.


Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

Chatham growers fear agricultural costs of fracking

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series exploring the issue of hydraulic fracturing from the perspective of Chatham County farmers. The series was written by Katherine Blunt, a student at Elon University.)

PITTSBORO — As the North Carolina legislature weighs the pros and cons of lifting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, some Chatham County farmers worry the practice will cause water shortages and contamination.


Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

Water Worries

Farrell Moose is keeping an eye on his water.

When the North Carolina General Assembly voted in July to legalize hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state, he paid more than $300 for a baseline test of his well.


Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:40 PM

TAKE 5: Study Group member advises landowners to educate themselves

Today we have an extended Take 5 with John Humphrey, who is an attorney and the principal of The Humphrey Law Firm in Alexandria, Va. His practice includes public policy analysis and development, and he frequently works with communities in addressing matters relating to energy and natural resource issues. A Sanford native, John studied public policy at Duke University and eventually worked in Gov. Jim Hunt’s administration as Director of Policy Development in the Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources and as local government liaison in the governor's office. After attending The University of Michigan Law School, John joined the litigation practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Shearman & Sterling, where he worked with a number of natural resource companies before forming The Humphrey Law Firm in 2003.


Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

Government study group continues debate on fracking-related concerns

A government study group on the role of local governments in fracking met in Pittsboro on Friday, where it became clear that there’s still much discussion to be had until the state’s rules regarding the power of cities and counties can be finalized.


Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

Fracking opponents dominate discussion at local meeting

When Lynn Fass sold her horse farm in New Jersey several years ago, she wanted to get as far away from the drilling she partially blames for her property's depreciation as possible. Now, living in Chatham County, she's facing fracking once again.


Jan. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

MINING AND ENERGY COMMISSION: Study group confers about roads, regulatory powers

If and when hydraulic fracturing begins in North Carolina — with much of it centered in this area — experts say it will affect water supply, traffic patterns, levels of various types of pollution and a host of other factors for which the regulations are now in flux — and some of which came up in conversation during a meeting Wednesday.