RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has scheduled a September orientation meeting of the new Mining and Energy Commission, following commission appointments by the N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Bev Perdue.
The commission’s initial meeting agenda will cover topics including compliance with open meetings and public records law, state ethics requirements and the Mining and Energy Commission’s duties under the 2012 legislation creating the commission.
The General Assembly ratified the “Clean Energy and Economic Security Act,” or Session Law 2012-143, last month. This law reconstitutes the state’s Mining Commission as the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, and charges the commission with 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.
Per Session Law 2012-143, the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will act as staff to this commission. The division, formerly known as the N.C. Division of Land Resources, is working to form a new Energy Program, to be responsible for the permitting, inspection and enforcement activities for oil and gas exploration and production activities as required by the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and associated legislation. Three staff members – a program supervisor, hydrogeologist and an environmental senior specialist – will be hired to staff the program.
Initial information about the Mining and Energy Commission, including its membership, can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/home.