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Source: Greensboro News & Record

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Piedmont Triad legislator has filed a bill that would prevent companies from being able to drill for natural gas on a person’s property without the landowner’s consent.

Current law would allow the state to compel an unwilling property owner to participate in a drilling operation, a process called compulsory or forced pooling.

Residents in areas with natural gas deposits have pressed environmental regulators or legislators to change that, now that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas is legal in North Carolina.

State Rep. Bryan Holloway, a Republican who represents Stokes County and parts of Rockingham County, filed a bill earlier this month that would end forced pooling. Holloway said it is an issue of protecting the rights of property owners.

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