The N.C. Mining &
Energy Commission completed two days of meetings Jan. 25 and expects
to continue discussions in March about requirements for chemical
disclosures, water testing and wastewater disposal involved with
hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) The News &
Observer reported Jan. 25, 2013.
The Commission is considering what its members say would be among
the nation’s strictest rules governing shale gas exploration
using hydraulic fracturing as the panel delves into the arcana of
updating the state’s 1940s-era energy regulations.
The technology remains controversial and won’t be legal in
North Carolina until the Commission writes about 100 regulations
to govern the practice, and the state legislature signs off on the
regulatory program. The commission has a deadline of October 2014
to complete its task.
The Commission has begun discussing what its members say would be
the most stringent standard in the nation for well water testing
before drilling and fracking could get under way. It is proposing
that a drilling company, at its own expense, test every water source
within 5,000 feet of a natural gas wellhead.
Commissioner George Howard said the Commission could vote as early
as March 8 on the first of the proposed rules, but other members
said they’re not that optimistic they will be ready.
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