State Policy News

NC Commission Makes Final Recommendations for Fracking Rules

About a dozen lobbyists, environmental activists and other interested people watched Friday as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission finalized its suggested rules and regulations for the oil and gas industry. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program, comments.

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NC Panel OKs Rules Needed for Fracking Permits

After 18 months of work and more than 200,000 public comments, a state energy panel on Friday approved a comprehensive list of regulations for companies that want fracking permits to drill for and collect natural gas in North Carolina. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program, comments.

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North Carolina Panel Holds Final Discussion on Fracking Rules

Fracking is one step closer to happening in North Carolina. Late Friday afternoon, the group charged with drafting the rules that govern the controversial drilling method unanimously approved what those rules should be. "I think everybody would agree that this industry has the potential to impact health and the environment. I don't think there's any way around that," said Amy Pickle, Vice Chair of the MEC. "We have incorporated as many of the concerns as we can, we've done our best to address them within the framework and process that we have and within the time limit we've been given."

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Major Vote Could Allow NC To Issue Fracking Permits In Spring 2015

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission will vote Friday, Nov. 14, on whether to pass more than 120 rules designed to govern natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Based on more than 217,000 comments submitted by the public, the final rules have been modified to meet the interests of North Carolinians, says Amy Pickle, who chairs the commission and serves as director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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Ill. Officials, Grid Operators Discuss Potential of Multi-State Strategy for Carbon Compliance ($)

"Flexibility" has been a buzzword for U.S. EPA in explaining its Clean Power Plan -- the proposal released this year that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by almost a third by 2030. But for states and other entities looking at how to implement the rule, a new watchword might be "cooperation." Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute, comments.

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NC Panel Eyes Unannounced Fracking Inspections

Members of a state commission who oversaw public hearings on fracking are recommending that rules be revised to allow unannounced inspections of hydraulic fracturing operations, according to a report released Wednesday. Other recommendations ranged from editing definitions of certain terms to specifying a setback to protect municipal water supplies. Amy Pickle, director of the Nicholas Institute’s State Policy Program, comments.

 

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Environmental Groups Challenge NC's New Fracking Rules

Environmental groups say proposed rules on fracking do not do enough to protect drinking water. The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission began reviewing 40 pages of recommended changes to their proposed fracking rules on Thursday. They'll continue reviewing those changes on Friday, with a vote expected at a meeting next week. The state's Rules Review Commission will then take up the rules, before going before the General Assembly for possible approval next year. Amy Pickle, director of the Nicholas Institute's State Policy Program, comments in this WNCN article.

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NC Mining and Energy Commission Reviews Changes to Fracking Rules

The officials writing the state’s fracking rules slogged through pages of legal language Thursday as they begin to review stricter safety standards that were urged by more than 200,000 comments from the public. The line-by-line review by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will be the board’s last say on the safety standards before an almost certain approval that will lift North Carolina’s fracking moratorium sometime next year, clearing the way for shale gas exploration to get under way. This article, featured in the Charlotte Observer, includes comments from Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions State Policy Program Director Amy Pickle.

 

 

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Charlotte Business Leaders Want New Congress to Tackle Tax Reform, Regulations

Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discusses energy issues the new Congress is likely to pursue in The Charlotte Observer

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Mining and Energy Commission Considering Changes to Fracking Regulations

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is going over more than 200,000 comments submitted in recent months about proposed fracking rules. They’re discussing possible changes they could make to the draft regulations in response to public concerns about fracking. Amy Pickle, director of the Nicholas Institute's State Policy Program, comments.

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