Despite Drilling, Fracking Far From Imminent In NC

Jun 12, 2015

News that state environment officials were drilling near the Dan River last week to look for oil and gas caused a stir. One headline read: “North Carolina Wants To Frack In Small Town Already Struggling With Coal Ash.”

Police are looking for the drivers of two cars who may have been in the area of a hit and run accident that fatally injured a 26-year-old man early Friday near downtown Charlotte.

Another driver called 911 around 3:15am after seeing a body in the road as she got off inbound Independence Boulevard onto Charlottetowne Avenue.  Police found the Hispanic man with a severe head injury and said it appeared he had been hit by a car. 

UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, police announced the man had died of his injuries at 10:17am. He was identified as Roque Cortes Salinas.  

Duke Energy Mulling Fracking Investment

Dec 4, 2014
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Duke Energy is exploring the option of entering the fracking business. While the company says it has not made any decisions, it would mark a departure from Duke’s usual operations.

Fracking Clears Penultimate Hurdle In North Carolina

Nov 14, 2014
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North Carolina is now one step away from legalizing fracking. A state commission has spent the past two years writing a broad set of rules to cover how fracking will work in the state. The commission passed those rules Friday evening. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Duncan McFadyen to discuss.

Rules For Fracking In NC Up For Vote

Nov 13, 2014
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The controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking could take its second-to-last step toward legalization in North Carolina on Friday. A state body meets at 9 a.m. to finalize the rules that will govern fracking.

Fracking Part 2

Sep 5, 2014
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Monday, September 8, 2014

We recently devoted an hour to fracking, which just scratched the surface of the topic, and brought out a passionate response from many listeners. As the state considers rules for fracking, we revisit the topic.  State regulators will decide whether or not to allow the practice and on the rules governing it sometime this fall and we will hear from people on both sides of the issue and share many of the comments and questions that came from you during our last show on the topic.

Dominion To Build New Gas Pipeline Into NC

Sep 2, 2014
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Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have chosen a builder and route for a new, major interstate natural gas pipeline to run through North Carolina, only the second such pipeline in the state. The first was built in 1951.

Fracking in NC

Sep 2, 2014
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The US is becoming more energy independent. New technological advancements has made this possible, among them fracking, the hydraulic fracturing of rock, releasing trapped oil and gas. Many states already have fracking operations and North Carolina is about to develop rules governing the practice, but red flags are flying over environmental concerns. A look at the pros and cons of fracking. 

The oil and gas extraction technique known as fracking is not yet legal in North Carolina, but a Pennsylvania company is seeking to buy the rights to oil and gas from landowners in Durham County. The state Department of Justice has told it to stop.

NC Fracking Comment Period Begins

Jul 16, 2014

The controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking took another step toward legalization in North Carolina Tuesday.

The state formally opened a public comment period, a time when anyone can officially weigh in on the rules that will ultimately govern fracking.