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NC symposium will address issue of fracking

Posted December 16, 2011

— The debate over fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, continues Friday in downtown Raleigh as the North Carolina League of Municipalities holds a symposium at the Quorom Center. 

Environmental advocates, industry representatives and members of the academic community will speak at the meeting between 9:30 a.m. and noon.

Municipal representatives will also have a chance to ask questions about how fracking could impact communities in North Carolina. 

In some states, fracking is in widespread use and has resulted in new sources of energy, jobs and profits for landowners.

In other states, however, lawmakers are considering bans on the process because of worries that the chemicals used in the liquid that splits rocks and releases natural gas could leak into and contaminate groundwater. 

Although North Carolina currently has no natural gas production, geologists say six North Carolina counties have the potential for it, with the best prospects in Lee County. Shale rock in the Deep River basin also runs through parts of Chatham, Durham, Granville, Moore and Wake counties. 

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is studying the issue of fracking and whether it should be allowed under state law. Its report is scheduled to be ready when the Legislature resumes its work in May.


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  • DavyCrockett Dec 16, 2011

    cwood3, Agree totally. Also Check out the natural gas fields off Nova Scotia. If they can extract it safely in that severe weather zone, they can do it anywhere offshore with the right precautions. Sadly the beansprout nazis (and there are many in your area) want to shout everyone down who speaks of smart development of natural resources in hearings over future energy development of oil, gas, coal, and nuclear; that is when they're not preaching anarchy to the Occupy Wall St. automatons.

  • cwood3 Dec 16, 2011

    Guys-guys-once again, we see the left vs the middle and the right-amazing. the left wants nothing to do with fossil fuels-period. I guess the Gulf BP Spill last year sealed that deal forever-how convenient!!

    The middle and right agree that we cannot instantly leave fossik fuels for renewables at the whim of a new President 3 years ago. Yet, that is what has happened. our Energy policy has become renewable at any cost-tax the he.. out of the rest so they will go green!! In other words, do it my way(Obama's way), or I'll tax you into bankruptcy!!

    Friends, there has to be a safe way to extract natural gas from below the earth-whether in the Piedmont or off shore. Maybe fracking isn't the best way-but what is?? Let's figure out the safe way and do it!! Same with off shore, let's figure out the safest way-and JUST DO IT!! NOW!!!

  • Krimson Dec 16, 2011

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Dec 16, 2011

    "I don't see a problem. As long as the wells are properly sealed and grouted as required by NCDENR"

    yes, because this worked so well in the Gulf last year.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Dec 16, 2011

    Wade, your single link proves, or disproves vanishing little. You might as well keep that finger up your nose.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Dec 16, 2011

    "Frack in my back yard all you want... safe, effective, and a source of clean domestic energy... no wonder liberals are against it."

    Except that it isn't, and what give you the right to endanger your neighbors?

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Dec 16, 2011

    fracking = bad idea...'nough said.

  • geosol Dec 16, 2011

    The simple solution is the most appropriate here. Nobody would have a problem with repealing the current (from 1942) prohibition against angled drilling. We should probably be a LOT more careful with repealing the prohibition on chemical and waste injection, however. In fact, we may not even NEED to frack since there are already numerous fractures and intrusions in that area - that's where the people get their water from.

  • The Fox Dec 16, 2011

    Well, seeing how most of the natural gas production will be within the Triassic Basins, a region of pitiful groundwater resources, I don't see a problem. As long as the wells are properly sealed and grouted as required by NCDENR, and like the thousands of various types of wells already existing within NC, there shouldn't be an issue.

    Apparently to the uneducated masses, fracking is synonymous with witchcraft.

  • WolfPackAlum Dec 16, 2011

    >>"Anybody who believes fracking is unsafe has been played like a fiddle. Any time the issue of fracking comes up, I provide this link which exposes the lies of those who are rail against it."

    Anyone who is unable to point out the real risks involved with hydraulic fracturing and provide solutions for addressing them should exclude themselves from the discussion entirely. A link to one of the most biased blogs on the net doesn't help either. Do your own research.

    "If you're being swept away with enthusiasm for some particular course of action, take a deep breath and ask: Can I see anything wrong with this? And if you can't, start worrying; you are about to go over a cliff." -Philip Tetlock