House OKs plan for any NC hog farm to collect methane gas
The House on Thursday approved legislation that would allow hog farms across North Carolina to set up methane collection operations without each one going through an individual permitting process.
Labor language dropped, hog farm language kept as NC farm bill moves forward
Lawmakers in the state House dropped a provision from the state's annual farm bill Wednesday that workers' advocates said would weaken protections.
NC Senate calls for blanket permits for hog farm methane systems
Environmentalists cry foul, saying the bill is an effort to "lock in" the system of storing hog waste in ponds and spraying liquid watse on nearby fields.
Underground pipeline for methane gas proposed in eastern NC
A joint venture between pork producer Smithfield and Dominion Energy would create an underground 30-mile pipeline in Eastern North Carolina carrying methane gas from hog farms to a facility in Duplin County.
Burger King seeks to lower its cows' methane emissions
According to CNN Business, the chain will add 100 grams of lemongrass to the farm animals' diet. Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, has confirmed the move.
Duke Energy ties pig poop gas to lines for power plants
Duke Energy Corp. is finally converting methane gas from North Carolina's plentiful hog operations into gas that could be burned at electric power plants.