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N.C. legislature preempts local fracking regulations with Senate Bill 119

North Carolina countered county fracking regulations with Senate Bill 119 on October 1st. Senate Bill 119 comes in at the tail of the Texas legislature’s H.B. 40, discussed earlier this week in this blog. Both designate state control versus local control over fracking regulations. Local counties, such as Chatham and Stokes, have passed hydraulic fracking moratoriums since mid-August, and Lee county is currently considering … Continue reading

Constitutional challenge filed against North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission

On Monday, the Haw River Assembly and Keely Wood Puricz filed suit in North Carolina state court, requesting the court to rule that North Carolina General Statute § 143B-293.2(a) is unconstitutional. North Carolina General Statute § 143B-293.2(a) specifies the appointment process for the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (NCMEC) of the Department of Environment … Continue reading

North Carolina to allow hydraulic fracking

On June 04, 2014, Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed a bill into law allowing hydraulic fracking within the state, lifting a moratorium that has blocked fracking permits since 2012. Fracking in North Carolina can begin as early as next year. Gov. McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act of 2014 at an event at … Continue reading

North Carolina lawmakers consider proposed Energy Modernization Act

In July 2012, North Carolina’s state assembly overrode the governor’s veto to enact a bill lifting a ban on hydraulic fracturing and requiring state regulators to pass and implement rules relating to hydraulic fracturing activities, including the disclosure of chemicals to state agencies and local emergency responders, by October 1, 2014. On May 15, 2014, … Continue reading

EPA reviews states’ solid waste management regulations for oil and gas operations

In an April 1, 2014 memorandum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summarized state regulatory programs concerning the management of solid waste from oil and natural gas exploration, development and production (E&P) operations. In reviewing each state’s regulations, the EPA focused on surface storage and disposal facilities managing produced waters, drilling muds, drilling cuttings, hydraulic … Continue reading

North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission approves trade secret protection for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing

On January 14, 2014, North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission passed a rule allowing oil and gas companies to protect trade secrets relating to the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. At least 30 days before using the trade secret chemical or mixture, the company must advise the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (“DENR”) and … Continue reading

North Carolina returns EPA grant for hydraulic fracturing study

On September 3, 2013, the State of North Carolina, through its Department of Environment and Natural Resources (“DENR”), rejected a $222,595 federal grant for water quality monitoring in areas where hydraulic fracturing is likely to occur in the future. The grant would have been administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was likely to … Continue reading
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