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Public Will Be Able To Comment On NC’s Fracking Rules At Hearings In Raleigh, Sanford and Reidsville

Photo: A drilling site in northeastern Louisiana.
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The North Carolina commission that is drafting rules for hydraulic fracturing will host public comment hearings next month.
Members of the Mining and Energy Commission have spent nearly two years writing more than 120 rules. They cover issues including where drilling companies can frack and whether they have to disclose the chemicals they use in the process.
Amy Pickle, the commission's rules chairwoman, says she expects plenty of comments on whether fracking should happen at all.
"I hope that we are also getting detailed and specific comments on the rules, but I in no way want to limit or preclude folks from expressing their opinion," Pickle says. "The most important thing to me is that we try to accommodate as many people who want to express an opinion or their views on the rules as possible."
Pickle says that given the controversy surrounding fracking, she expects hundreds of people at the hearings, which are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh
  • Friday, Aug. 22, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Wicker Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford
  • Monday, Aug. 25, 5 to 9 p.m. at Rockingham High School, 180 High School Rd., Reidsville

Comments are also being accepted in writing through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources website.  

The proposed rules and proposed revisions to prior rules are also available on the department website.

Jorge Valencia has been with North Carolina Public Radio since 2012. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Jorge studied journalism at the University of Maryland and reported for four years for the Roanoke Times in Virginia before joining the station. His reporting has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Baltimore Sun.
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