Mining and Energy Commission Holding Fracking Hearings

Jul 16, 2014

North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission will accept public comments on its proposed oil and gas development regulations. Lee Jenkins reports.

The regulations were drafted in response to the Energy Modernization Act, which legalized fracking. The Commission is currently allowing citizens to offer suggestions and feedback to the proposed rules via written and oral comments. While the commission will examine all comments, it will more heavily consider suggestions with a strong factual basis. Commissioner Jim Womack:

“The better developed the comment is, and the better researched, and the more logical and appropriate the comment, the more weight and gravity we’ll give that comment.”

Written comments may be submitted via mail or email; addresses are available at the Mining and Energy Commission’s website. Both written and oral comments may be submitted at any of the three public hearings the Commission is holding in Raleigh, Sanford, and Reidsville. I’m Lee Jenkins.