The North Carolina General Assembly ratified the “Clean Energy and Economic Security Act” in July 2012. The law reconstituted the state’s Mining Commission as the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission. The commission is responsible for developing a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development activities in North Carolina, including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
The commission has been directed to create an oil and gas program designed to protect peoples’ health, safety, property and the environment, as well as economic development opportunities. As such, the commission is responsible for recommending permitting, inspection and enforcement procedures for oil and gas exploration and production in North Carolina.
To fulfill its responsibilities, the full commission has established committees and study groups from its own membership to explore and make recommendations based on different topics related to oil and gas exploration. The full commission and its committees and study groups meet regularly.
Three staff members in the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, part of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, have been assigned to assist the state Mining and Energy Commission.
Information about the Mining and Energy Commission, including its membership and agendas for upcoming meetings, can be found clicking here.