fracking

Energy & Environment
7:49 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Despite Drilling, Fracking Far From Imminent In NC

A U.S. Geological Survey map shows basins in North Carolina believed to contain oil and gas.
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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.”


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Saturday Headlines
9:26 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Sat. Headlines: Police Investigate Hit-and-Run Death Near Uptown

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.  

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Energy & Environment
4:13 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Duke Energy Mulling Fracking Investment

A natural gas unit at Duke Energy's Sutton Plant near Wilmington came online at the end of 2013.
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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.

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Energy & Environment
6:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Fracking Clears Penultimate Hurdle In North Carolina

A drilling rig in Colorado
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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.


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Energy & Environment
9:09 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Rules For Fracking In NC Up For Vote

A well for fracking
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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.


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Charlotte Talks
2:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Fracking Part 2

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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.


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Local News
5:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dominion To Build New Gas Pipeline Into NC

A map of major natural gas pipelines in the Southeast.
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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.


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Charlotte Talks
12:34 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Fracking in NC

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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. 

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Local News
10:07 am
Thu July 31, 2014

State Says Stop To Company Seeking NC Fracking Rights

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.


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Local News
8:21 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NC Fracking Comment Period Begins

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.

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