It’s been more than two months since Governor Pat MCcrory signed into law legislation that clears the way for permits to be issued for fracking in North Carolina. Still, environmental groups and concerned citizens are expected to turn out in full force this week to comment on draft rules for future gas and oil exploration.
The Mining and Energy Commission does not have a say in whether fracking will occur; they are using the upcoming hearings to gather suggestions to improve draft rules.
Fracking opponents believe the hearings may be the best chance they have to strengthen the guidelines that address things like forced pooling and chemical disclosure.
Each speaker will have just three minutes to make their case.
Want to read the draft rules in advance of the hearing? Click here.
Want to attend one of the hearings? Here’s what you need to know:
Raleigh: Wed., Aug. 20, 10AM-2PM
NCSU’s McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St.
Sanford: Fri., Aug. 22, 5PM-9PM
Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St.
Reidsville: Mon., Aug. 25, 5PM-9PM
Rockingham County High School, 180 High School Rd.
Cullowhee/Western NC: Fri., Sept. 12, 5PM-9PM
W. Carolina Univ. Bardo Performing Arts Ctr., 199 Centennial Drive