Today, the NC House Environmental Committee approved a bill that will lift the current ban on the controversial natural gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing. State agencies would have a little more than two years to devise regulations, and the make-up of the rule-making commissions is part of the discussion. Opponents suggest that two years is not enough time to study the issue and develop the proper safeguards. Proponents argue that fast-tracking the regulations for fracking and issuing permits sooner rather than later is necessary for economic growth.
Read about it here at the Charlotte Observer and here at CBS news.
Here is a link to reports on fracking by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
(check out the executive summary and recommendations if you don't have time to read the whole report)
One of the main conclusions of the DENR study is that hydro fracking can be done safely if the right safeguards are in place, and that the current ban on fracking should remain in place until proper standards and enforcement mechanisms have been established.
Here is an excellent series from Scholbohm at NCSU:
What N.C. needs to know about Pennsylvania's Energy Experience
The Cold-Hard Facts about Fracking in North Carolina Part 1
The Cold-Hard Facts about Fracking in North Carolina Part 2