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  • 05
  • June
  • 2014

North Carolina Law Lifts Statewide Moratorium on Fracking Permits

North Carolina's Energy Modernization Act of 2014, signed into law on June 4, lifts a statewide ban on the issuance of permits for oil and gas exploration and development activities using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The new law also prohibits local ordinances that would prevent oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities, including any ordinances that prohibit horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing. Additionally, the legislation criminalizes the unlawful disclosure of confidential information associated with hydraulic fracturing activities, such as the constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluid. Fracking activities could begin in the state as early as May 2015. Read the Energy Modernization Act of 2014 in full here.

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