Closings and delays due to Michael

Reidsville approves fracking moratorium

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Stock photo

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The city established a two-year moratorium on oil and gas development Tuesday, including fracking, within the city and its extraterritorial planning jurisdiction.

The moratorium passed quickly and with little discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. However, the final ordinance comes as a result of multiple conversations from previous meetings. Rockingham County has already adopted a similar moratorium.

“Whether the state would come back and pre-empt it is something we don’t know,” City Attorney William McLeod Jr. said.

In its ordinance, the city cites concerns with fracking’s relative newness as an industry and “significant environmental, community and human health impacts” from the practice in other states, “the full extent of which has not yet been determined.”

Read more: Greensboro News & Record