NC Says Fracking Is Safe With Proper Protections

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT) -- North Carolina’s environmental regulator said Tuesday hydraulic fracturing could be performed safely in the state only if its legislature adopts carefully tailored safeguards and enforcement mechanisms to regulate the controversial process.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources said the state could consider permitting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations once the General Assembly passed state-specific regulatory standards and funded a compliance and enforcement program.

The conclusions are the culmination of an eight-month study the NCDENR conducted on the environmental, social and economic effects of...
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