Take Action on Fracking in NC!

Frack Free NC yard sign 2016
Yard signs of this image against fracking and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in NC are now available! Please call ahead to arrange a pickup from Clean Water for NC's Durham (919-401-9600) or Asheville (828-251-1291) office.

All I Want for Christmas is No ACP
Tell Governor Cooper – NO ACP for the Holidays!
Soon, our North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will be making its final decision on a major permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
We need your help to send a message to the Governor and officials in Raleigh that North Carolina doesn’t want or need this pipeline.
Help us flood the Governor’s office with Holiday-themed NO ACP postcards. Pick your favorite design at the link here and send a postcard to the Governor. You can download and print at home, or we can send one on your behalf!

About the Frack Free NC Alliance

“Frack-Free NC” is a network of grassroots organizations who believe that shale gas development using “fracking” and horizontal drilling cannot be done without bringing harm to our waters, land, air, communities and public health. We are working to keep North Carolina frack free. Learn more...

Sign the petition to keep NC frack-free!

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How did we get here?
A short history of the rush to allow fracking in North Carolina. For more information, visit the resources page.

  • NC laws: groundwater protected as drinking water (>2.7 million private well users)
  • ~2005 – new form of fracking widely used. Now: fracking in about 36 states
  • 2008—NC shale gas areas published in geology journal, state officials begin to promote potential
  • 2009-2010– NC legislative discussions of shale gas
  • 2011-May, 2012—Shale Gas Study Bill passes, DENR study
  • May-June, 2012—Sen. Bill 820—immediately legalizes fracking, allow forced pooling, minimal landowner protections, at least two years to develop regulations. Production permits as early as 2014, additional vote by legislature required.
  • Senate Bill 820 (Sen. Rucho, R-Mecklenburg) :
    • Removes prohibitions for hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling and wastewater injection; Moratorium on permits until 2014
    • Mining and Energy Commission-largely industry controlled; conflicting authority for environmental regulation, less than 5 yr supply!
    • Allows “forced pooling” of unwilling landowners
    • Pre-empts any local ordinances that ban or control
    • Perdue Vetoed S820 on July 1, but House and Senate Voted to Override July 2 (House by one vote, probably an error)
  • Senate Bill 76 (SB76) “The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act” was passed by the legislature and became law in July, 2013.  The final version of the bill promotes offshore drilling, but it does NOT include some of the worst provisions proposed by the Senate, including allowing underground injection of fracking wastes, and fast-tracking permitting before regulations are completed!
  • HB 74 was signed into law in August, 2013, guts protections for landfills and groundwater, also limits environmental ordinances.