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Sanford Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wyhof Salmon was appointed Friday to the N.C. Oil & Gas Commission, the state board that regulates oil and gas development and mining in the state.

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The legal battle against coal ash permits in Lee County will continue after a three-judge panel from the state Court of Appeals ruled two previous rulings were both made in legal error.

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According to County Manager John Crumpton, Lee County offered to buy land currently slated for coal ash dumping “months ago.”

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday concerning mining permits for proposed coal ash landfills in Chatham and Lee counties.

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part story about the Little River quarry, the continuing legal fight over it and Lee County’s recent decision to appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court for a solution. The first part appeared in Thursday’s Herald.

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part story about the Little River quarry, the continuing legal fight over it and Lee County’s recent decision to appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court for a solution. The second part will appear in Friday’s Herald.

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The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to instruct staff to file a petition of discretionary review with the North Carolina State Supreme Court regarding an appeals court decision on the permit for the Little River quarry.

On this day in 2013, a small group of activists gathered outside the Lee County Courthouse, to speak out against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

The Lee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to extend the county’s moratorium on oil and gas development and mining by 24 months.

Eight Lee County residents spoke in favor of extending Lee County’s moratorium on oil and gas mining by 24 months during Monday night’s public hearing at the Lee County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

Public hearings are being held this week as the North Carolina Utilities Commission considers allowing Duke Energy to increase its customers’ rates by as much as 16.7 percent.