One of the issues with Titan is that existing regulations do not prevent what they are proposing.
Lots of Titan info here
Notice that Titan is already looking to expand mining operations into Pender County
It seems obvious that if existing regulation prohibited this type of development, we wouldn't be faced with this issue.
Can a new regulation be developed an retroactively applied?
Would this be "fair"? Legal?
We have numerous examples of regulations being enacted following damage (e.g. CERCLA after Love Canal, The Oil Pollution Act after the Exxon Valdez spill). Most environmental regulation is reactive, some is proactive, but is it possible to have retroactive regulation?