RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A panel responsible for developing
regulations that would allow for expanded North Carolina inland energy
exploration is meeting to review issues like managing waste,
environmental standards and water use.
The Mining and Energy Commission meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Raleigh.
former state mining commission was reconstituted last summer to address
potential exploration methods such as hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking. Lawmakers want new regulations in place by October 2014. The
Legislature would have to act again before permits could be granted.
meeting will include a public comment period for 10 speakers, each of
whom will get three minutes to describe their thoughts about fracking.
fracking process injects a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand
at high pressure to crack shale rock and release natural gas.
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