A draft report on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the controversial method of extracting natural gas, was issued today by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In short, the report found that fracking can be done safely in North Carolina as long as the right protections are in place prior to the issuance of any permits. The draft report also made a number of recommendations regarding outstanding issues that need to be examined and the types of regulations that would be necessary to ensure public safety. A copy of the full report and recommendations can be found by clicking here.
The draft report is the product of a request by the General Assembly to study the issue of oil and gas exploration in the state and to specifically focus on the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas. The draft report comes in advance of two public meetings scheduled for later this month. The first public meeting will be at the Wicker Center in Sanford, NC on March 20, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The second public meeting is scheduled for March 27, 2012, and will take place in the auditorium of East Chapel Hill High School from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Both meetings will also be streamed live online at https://its.ncgovconnect.com/denr_shale_gas/. Written comments on the draft report will be accepted through April 1 and the final report to the General Assembly is due May 1.
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