Hydraulic fracturing – also known as ‘fracking’ - is a process in which millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart the rock and release gas.
Fracking is now legal in North Carolina; however, no drilling in the state has happened yet.
In states where fracking is happening, communities have experienced a number of troublesome environmental impacts, including water contamination and air pollution.

The Basics

Fracking - aka hydraulic fracturing - is a controversial method of underground gas extraction.  Water contamination and air pollution are among the greatest concerns about the process.  But what does fracking mean for North Carolina?

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of uncertainties about the fracking process.  What does the new law mean for North Carolina? With NC's gas deposits closer to our drinking water, is water contamination more likely?

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