Public invited to comment on NC’s proposed fracking rules until Sept. 15

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RALEIGH — Officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is now accepting written public comments on the state’s proposed fracking rules through Sept. 15.

Written comments, along with live statements at three public hearings in August, will be accepted.

These will be the last opportunities for North Carolina residents and organizations to comment on the 120 safety rules.

Fracking refers to a method of extracting shale gas trapped in underground shale rock formations by blasting the rocks with a high-pressure mix of water, chemicals and sand.

The rules cover a range of issues, from wastewater handling, to well shaft construction, chemical disclosure and permitting.

Written comments may be submitted between July 15-Sept. 15 through the state Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/public-comment-meetings.

Comments can also be mailed to Oil and Gas Program, DENR Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, 1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1612.

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