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The state environmental agency has cited a dairy farm near Asheville for allowing waste from cows to overflow, days after the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused the farm of mistreating its cows.


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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.

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.


One of the most contentious questions about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is what companies should be required to disclose about the mix of water and chemicals pumped into the ground during the process.