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Fracking In North Carolina

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Earlier this year, a new law lifted the ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in North Carolina.  Legislators said fracking permits could be issued as early as this coming spring. The process, which extracts natural gas from deep within the earth, is a controversial one.

Opponents say allowing fracking here could cause air and water pollution and adversely affect vulnerable populations. Advocates say fracking could bring economic prosperity and jobs to the state.

Host Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about fracking:

  • Vikram Rao is executive director of Research Triangle Energy Consortium and former chief technology officer at Halliburton. He chairs the state’s Mining and Energy Commission.
  • Hope Taylor is executive director of Clean Water for North Carolina, a group that is part of a network of organizations opposed to fracking.
  • Kathleen Gray is the director of the Environmental Resource Program and a lecturer at the Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Ted Feitshans is an attorney and professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.

Today's program was produced in conjunction with Leadership Triangle and recorded in front of a live audience.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.