N.C. House panel keeps fracking moratorium
RALEIGH A state House committee soundly rejected an effort to lift the state's fracking moratorium, signaling a rebuke to the state Senate's aggressive push to fast-track shale gas exploration in North Carolina.
The legislation had sailed through the Senate three months ago, but in the interim underwent about 30 revisions in closed-door negotiations between lawmakers in the House.
The bill that emerged Wednesday was stripped down to such an extent that its sponsor, Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton, a Wilson Republican, called it “a step backwards, or two steps... read more
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