A reworked version of legislation allowing fracking passed the House Commerce Committee Wednesday, despite confusion over who would be in charge of the state’s Energy Jobs Council.
Under the latest version of Senate Bill 76, the Energy Jobs Council would be located in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tasked with making recommendations for increasing domestic energy exploration and production.
Rep. Mike Hager pushed to amend the PCS, moving the Jobs Council back to the Department of Commerce. Fellow Republicans Rep. Marilyn Avila and Rep. Dana Bumgardner also objected to stripping the Jobs Council from Commerce and moving it to DENR.
So Fred Steen, chief lobbyist for Governor Pat McCrory, tried to ease their concerns:
“DENR is not your father’s DENR and Commerce will not be your mother’s Commerce in the future. We’re going to change both of them,” said Steen. Read More