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North Carolina: Fracking Regs Clear Rules Review Commission

Upstream Conventional & Unconventional Onshore Development

New hydraulic fracturing regulations written by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission passed through the Rules Review Commission on December 17, despite concerns from commission staff that three of the rules failed to meet state standards and require public review. The commission rejected this analysis and proceeded to approve the rules at the after the MEC requested to waive a deadline for 13 rules that were not submitted on time. The rules will now be taken up by the state legislature, whose long session convenes on January 14, meaning that the state’s moratorium on fracking could potentially be lifted within the next several months.




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