NCDENR Releases Draft Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

On Friday March 16th, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) released a draft report concluding that “Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely in North Carolina as long as the right protections are in place prior to issuance of any permits for the practice.”  NCDENR cited that the “need for more information on groundwater resources in the area where drilling for shale gas may occur before making final decisions on environmental standards.”

According to the press release, the draft report contains a set of initial recommendations developed by NCDENR in consultation with the Department of Commerce should the General Assembly choose to allow horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina.  These recommendations are outlined in the executive summary (pdf)  and described further here and in the full report (pdf).

The final report to the General Assembly is due May 1.

 

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