National Report Shows NC Not Ready to Regulate Fracking

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012
National Report Shows NC Not Ready to Regulate Fracking
RALEIGH - The report issued today by the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER) shows that the North Carolina lacks the formal standards and technical criteria needed to regulate fracking.
The findings of the report recognize that “DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) programs have not been developed in anticipation of the regulation of oil and gas exploration and production activities”.  As a result, “there are few standards in place that would be applicable to an oil and gas regulatory program”.
“Fracking could have significant impacts on communities in North Carolina,” said Will Morgan, Director of Government Relations for the NC Sierra Club. “The findings in STRONGER’s report highlight the fact that the state does not currently have the regulatory framework necessary to protect North Carolinians from the impacts of fracking.”
“Citizens rely on DENR to make sure proper protections are in place before allowing something as consequential as fracking to occur,” added Morgan.
DENR is currently conducting a study of the potential environmental impacts of shale gas exploration and development in North Carolina.  The final report is due on May 1, 2012.  As part of the study, DENR will conduct two public hearings.  The first will be in Sanford on March 20, and the second will be in Chapel Hill on March 27.  The legislature is expected to pass legislation regarding fracking when they return in May.
Background on STRONGER:
According to their website (
STRONGER is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to assist states in documenting the environmental regulations associated with the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. 
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