The Clean Energy and Economic Security Act of 2012 reconstituted the state’s Mining Commission as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. The law charged the Commission, in conjunction with other state agencies and commissions, 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. The law mandates that the regulatory program be “designed to protect public health and safety; protect public and private property; protect and conserve the State’s air, water, and other natural resources; promote economic development and expand employment opportunities; and provide for the productive and efficient development of the State’s oil and gas resources.”
Further, the law established that the Commission shall have authority to make determinations and issue orders pursuant to the Oil and Gas Conservation Act; regulate the spacing of wells and to establish drilling units as provided in G.S. 113-393; require the operation of wells with efficient gas-oil ratios and to fix such ratios; limit and prorate the production of oil or gas, or both, from any pool or field for the prevention of waste as provided in G.S. 113-394 and require integration of interests as provided in G.S. 113-393.
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Dr. Vik Rao, Chairman 919-541-7438
Water & Waste Committee Chairman: Dr. Vik Rao
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DEMLR - Oil and Gas Program Staff Contacts
Brad Atkinson, Energy Section Chief 919-707-9235