Hydraulic Fracking

Information about use of hydraulic fracking to extract natural gas.

Gov Perdue
Gov Perdue
House Passes Fracking Bill
On June 14, the North Carolina House and Senate passed a bill to legalize fracking, regardless of whether regulations are approved. The bill now goes to the Governor for signing or veto. Help us get this bad bill vetoed.
Hydraulic Fracking
Hydraulic fracking is a process of injecting proprietary chemicals into the ground in order to fracture rock and release natural gas. Many parts of North Carolina, mostly outside the Catawba basin, are considered to have good potential for "fracking" to release natural gas deposits.
Hydraulic Fracking Potential in NC
Hydraulic Fracking Potential in NC
Fracking operation
Fracking operation
Fracking Update - July 2012
Terrible S820 Veto Override in Late Night House Session - Governor's Veto Overridden by a mistake!
Fracking Alert - February 28, 2013
TODAY (February 28, 2013) AT 2:00 PM, THE FULL SENATE WILL VOTE ON A SLIGHTLY REVISED N.C. SENATE BILL 76. Please contact your legislator to request that they vote against this bad bill.
Rally to Protect our Waters - Stop the Rush to Frack (Across from legislative building on Jones St., Raleigh , from Mar 19, 2013 06:00 PM to Mar 19, 2013 07:00 PM)
Rally to oppose SB 76 that would rush the legalization of fracking and legalize the injection of wastes into underground wells.
Survey finds that North Carolinians Support Strong Environmental Standards
According to a recent survey, more than 75% of North Carolina citizens support current or more protective environmental standards and overwhelming oppose fracking.
Court Temporarily Enjoins N.C. Mining and Energy Commission from Accepting or Processing Fracking Permits
Lawsuit Contends Legislative Appointments to the Commission Violate Separation of Powers in North Carolina Constitution
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