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Lee County considers fracking moratorium: “Face the bully”

Below, you can see the wonderful brief statements of Marsha Ligon of EnvironmentaLEE and then the Chair of the Lee County Commissioners, Amy Dalrymple, during the October 5 meeting when the commission was discussing a proposed moratorium on fracking, shortly after the state legislature passed a bill in the last hours of session attempting to […]

Take action–a terrible energy option for NC, and a great one!

Offshore drilling comments due Monday, March 30

Offshore oil and gas drilling? Make your voice heard!

Offshore drilling proposed for the mid-Atlantic would put the NC coast at risk for an environmental disaster like the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. It could harm tourism, fishing, and other coastal industries which are the economic backbone of […]

Fracking Disapproval Bills Filed—Sitting in Committee

Drilling rig PA

In mid-February, state lawmakers introduced House Bill 76 (and its twin, Senate Bill 72), “Disapprove MEC Oil and Gas Rules,” formally recognizing that the rules on hydraulic fracturing approved by the Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) are woefully inadequate to protect NC’s environment and communities. The sponsors of the House bill include Representatives Robert Reives […]

Public Hearings on Oil and Gas Rules

Promises Lie in Ruins after Senate Bill 786, Public Resistance to Fracking Growing

Rather than tamping down resistance to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, the state’s newest legislation on fracking Senate Bill 786, dubbed the “Energy Modernization Act,” has only strengthened it and increased the controversy across the state. With budget negotiations between the House and […]

Moral Monday: Health & Env. Justice today, 5 pm, Raleigh

Join us today in front of the Hallifax Mall, as we express our outrage on the rushed passage of fracking bill S786, tax legislation, a terrible budget, and many other environmental justice and health issues. We will be calling on Governor McCrory to veto the fracking bill!

You can still call the Governor and […]

Action Alert: SB 786

Fracking Bill (SB 786) on Senate Floor Today – Contact Your Senator Now!

Thanks to those of you who called your state Senators yesterday about Senate Bill 786! (Here’s the background info we sent out yesterday).

The bill is moving fast, and it’s expected to be on the Senate floor today at 2:00 PM. Yesterday, […]

New Senate Bill Loosens some Protections, Improves Others and Avoids Many

Filed Thursday afternoon, Senate Bill 786 seems designed to create an appearance of responding to some constituents’ concerns, but runs roughshod over others and is silent on several critical issues! This bill could start to move early next week, so watch for alerts and prepare to weigh in with your Senators soon.

From Fayetteville Observer: […]

“Energy Modernization” Bill and MEC Meetings May 15-16

Last Thursday, the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy met and recommended a draft bill that had been hashed out for months to be introduced for this year’s short session to begin on Wednesday, May 14. A quick review by several allies indicates some good news:

The bill would require trade secret chemical info to […]

MEC Schedule

Friday, April 4: Rules Committee Meeting

April, 16: Full MEC Meeting – Discuss and complete remaining 8 rules from Rules Committee.

For more, see the MEC page on the DENR website.

General Assembly Adjourns, Rush to Frack Derailed

H74 passes with groundwater, landfills, local government rights

Stop the rush to frack rally, March 2013.

Thanks to all your tireless calls and e-mails, even the strongest legislative supporters of natural gas development in NC admitted that they didn’t want to hurry to push such a controversial provision through in the final moments […]