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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Mining and Energy Commission

The NC Mining Commission was renamed the Mining and Energy Commission by Session Law 2012-143, or the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act, in July 2012. The Commission is tasked with “developing a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development activities in North Carolina, including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.” Click here for more information on MEC members.

Upcoming Public Hearings and Meetings:

August 20, 2014
MEC Public Hearing on Fracking Rules
NCSU McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC

August 22, 2014
MEC Public Hearing on Fracking Rules

Wicker Civic Center
1801 Nash St, Sanford NC

August 25, 2014
MEC Public Hearing on Fracking Rules
Rockingham County High School
180 High School Rd,
Reidsville NC
5 PM-9 PM

September 12, 2014
MEC Public Hearing on Fracking Rules
Cullowhee/Western NC
Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center
199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723
5-9 PM

October 2, 2014
Final rules work session on comments

October 3, 2014
Full MEC Approves Final Rules (Notes – File to RRC by October 20, 2014)

November 20, 2014
RRC Review of MEC Rules Bundle (Location – NC Office of A


Oct. 1, NC Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy, Re: DENR Returns EPA research grants 

September 2013 – Recommendations by MEC Compulsory Pooling and Local Government Study Groups

Draft Rules
How 2013 Session Law Affects the MEC (Summary)



Audio from meetings in December and January is available on the DENR MEC website. To find the audio from a particular meeting please go to the agenda page for that meeting and look for audio links posted at the top.


Want more information about the MEC meetings that have happened so far? An independent interested citizen from Chatham County has provided notes for several of the meetings, which you can read below.

Full MEC meetings:

Compulsory Pooling Study Group

Local Government Study Group Meetings

Water & Wastewater Management

Administration of Oil & Gas

Environmental Standards