Lawmakers in NC House give initial approval of fracking bill
RALEIGH — The N.C. House is expected to give final approval Thursday to a fracking bill called the “Energy Modernization Act.”
This would mean lawmakers are one step closer to lifting the current moratorium which bans natural gas drilling in North Carolina.
Some are for the bill which would bring jobs and low-cost energy while others are more concerned for safety and the environment. Those priorities clashed before the House passed the fracking bill on a 63 to 52 vote.
Fracking involves drilling and pumping chemicals and water underground to release natural gas. It’s something never done before in North Carolina.
Groups like Americans for Prosperity have come out in favor of fracking.
Some estimate an economic impact to the tune of $80 million, sustaining about 500 jobs a year, according to WTVD.
Others, however, say the stakes for nearby communities are too high.
The bill has to pass a final House vote Thursday before it moves back to the Senate. If they don’t make any changes, it goes to the Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.
Fracking critics and environmentalists are planning to hold a rally and news conference at the legislature. They are urging lawmakers to keep their word from two years ago, and to slow down.