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North Carolina: Panel Approves Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

Upstream Conventional & Unconventional Onshore Development


On November 14, members of North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission, the panel charged with developing the state’s hydraulic fracturing rules, approved regulations to govern drilling activities within the state. Final rule language includes setbacks to protect municipal water supplies, record-keeping requirements, and a provision that ensures regulators can make unannounced inspections at oil and gas well sites. The rules will be forwarded to the state’s Rules Review Commission for approval. The commission is expected take up the issue in December. Following the commission’s approval, the rules will return to the state’s General Assembly.



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