fracking en NC Legislature Debating Fracking Bill <p>The North Carolina House this week is expected to take up legislation that would allow the state to issue&nbsp;permits for fracking of oil and gas next year.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 51582 at NC Legislature Debating Fracking Bill Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket <p>Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Ben Bradford, Lisa Miller & Kevin Kniestedt 50876 at Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket Fracking Commission Requests 3-Month Extension To Write Rules <p>A state commission developing rules for fracking in North Carolina is asking for a three-month extension to finish the job. Mining and Energy Commission Chairman Jim Womack says commissioners do not need more time to write the rules, but he expects as many as 10,000 public comments about the controversial issue. He says an extra three months will help.</p><p>“That means we can take more time to sift through the thousands of public comments that we’re going to receive and, so we can have a more conscious and deliberate response,” says Womack.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 02:35:04 +0000 Ben Bradford 50647 at NC Seeks To Prevent Fracking Companies Underpaying Landowners <p>North Carolina officials are preparing to open the state up to fracking, a process for drilling for natural gas. The state is expected to vote on rules to govern companies who want to drill later this year—rules to protect the environment, but also for landowners. The latter will be especially important, after a recent investigative report shows companies in other states have bilked landowners for the gas under their land.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:02:27 +0000 Ben Bradford 47145 at NC Seeks To Prevent Fracking Companies Underpaying Landowners New Rule Allows Fracking Companies To Keep Certain Trade Secrets <p>North Carolina is clearing the way for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - the method of drilling that's created a natural gas boom in the United States. State lawmakers have tasked the state Mining and Energy Commission with developing rules to govern the process. Earlier this week the commission voted on what's often considered the "first rule" of fracking - it's called chemical disclosure and it determines what drilling companies have to tell the government about the fluids that get pumped into the ground during the process.</p><p>John Murawski is the Raleigh News and Observer's energy reporter. He's been following the commission's work, and he joined us by telephone.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:29:55 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 43191 at New Rule Allows Fracking Companies To Keep Certain Trade Secrets Shale Gas & Hydraulic Fracturing In North Carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The process known as "</span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" has led to a surge in natural gas production in the U.S. and some in North Carolina want in. Hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from deep below the earth's surface is now legal in the state. Another vote is required by the legislature to allow drilling, but permits could be issued as early as 2015. We'll talk with the chairman of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with developing rules and regulations for the controversial practice, along with </span>WFAE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter Ben Bradford to discuss the prospects for a shale gas industry here. We’ll also talk with a Duke University environmental scientist about some of the risks involved, including results of a new study that links hydraulic fracturing to water contamination in Pennsylvania.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 38108 at Shale Gas & Hydraulic Fracturing In North Carolina Duke Plans Minimal Increase To Renewable Energy Over 15 Years <p>Over the next 15 years, Duke Energy plans to increase how much it relies on renewable energy only modestly—from 1 percent next year to just 2 percent in 2028. The utility is concentrating on natural gas.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is part of Duke’s annual filing with state regulators, where the utility maps out how it plans to provide energy to North Carolina customers.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:44:37 +0000 Ben Bradford 37773 at Duke Plans Minimal Increase To Renewable Energy Over 15 Years NC Returns EPA Grant For Fracking Study <p>North Carolina’s environment agency has taken the unusual step of returning a federal grant to study streams and wetlands that could be harmed by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.</p><p>The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources had itself recommended last year that baseline water-quality data be collected where drilling might occur. The information would help document any problems linked to drilling.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:55:59 +0000 Bruce Henderson 36023 at Duke Energy Cancels Planned Florida Nuclear Site <p>Duke Energy has announced it will cancel plans for a new nuclear power plant in Levy County, Florida. With no new energy to show, ratepayers are on the hook for the cost, while Duke’s turned a profit.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:34:12 +0000 Ben Bradford 32521 at Senate Passes Rule On Fracking Fluid <p>The Senate has passed requirements for what gas companies must reveal about the chemical mix they pump into ground during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Senate overrode another state government group’s more stringent rule.</p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 02:14:09 +0000 Ben Bradford 30633 at