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Statement on Release of U.S. Geological Survey Assessment of North Carolina Oil and Gas Resources

On June 5, 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources for five East Coast Mesozoic basins. Its assessment was released in a fact sheet entitled: "Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the East Coast Mesozoic Basins of the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Thrust Belt, Atlantic Coastal Plain, and New England Provinces, 2011" -- FS 2012-3075. This fact sheet, which includes an assessment of the North Carolina oil and gas resource, can be found on the USGS website at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3075/fs2012-3075.pdf. Dr. Kenneth Taylor, chief of the N.C. Geological Survey, has the following statement in regard to the USGS characterization of North Carolina oil and gas resource:

State Environmental Agency Issues Final Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

RALEIGH - Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely in North Carolina only if the General Assembly adopts state-specific regulatory standards and invests sufficient resources in compliance and enforcement prior to issuance of any permits for the practice, according to a report issued today by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The report also notes the need for additional research on North Carolina's geology and hydrogeology to identify conditions under which hydraulic fracturing can be done without putting the state's water resources at risk.

State Environmental Agency Issues Draft Report on Hydraulic Fracturing; Public Meetings Scheduled fo

RALEIGH - Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely in North Carolina as long as the right protections are in place prior to issuance of any permits for the practice, according to a draft report issued today by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The report also notes the need for more information on groundwater resources in the area where drilling for shale gas may occur before making final decisions on environmental standards.

Nonprofit Report: Formal Standards, Technical Criteria, New Regulatory Program Needed if State Deci

RALEIGH - In the event that shale gas exploration and production is permitted in North Carolina, formal standards and technical criteria should be developed as part of an oil and gas regulatory program, according to a report put together by a nonprofit organization asked by state environmental officials to review the state's readiness. The request for review was made as part of a legislatively mandated study of oil and gas exploration in North Carolina.

DENR Schedules March Meetings to Receive Comment on its Upcoming Shale Gas Study Draft Report

RALEIGH – State environmental officials have scheduled two public meetings for March to discuss the as-yet unwritten draft report that will conclude a legislatively mandated study of the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of shale gas exploration and development in North Carolina.

State Environmental Officials Revise Scope of N.C. Shale Gas Study Based on Public Comment

RALEIGH - Following a public comment period in early fall, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has revised the outline for a study of the potential environmental and economic impacts of shale gas exploration and development in North Carolina.

MEETING LOCATION CHANGED: Outside Review of NC's Oil and Gas Regulatory Programs Underway

RALEIGH - A nonprofit organization asked by state environmental officials to review the state's oil and gas regulatory programs as part of a legislatively mandated study of oil and gas exploration in North Carolina began its public review of these programs today in Raleigh.

Outside Review of North Carolina's Oil and Gas Regulatory Programs to Take Place Next Week

A nonprofit group will begin its public review of the state's oil and gas regulatory programs next week in Raleigh. The organization was asked by state environmental officials to conduct the review as part of the legislatively mandated study of oil and gas exploration in North Carolina.

State Environmental Officials Schedule Public Meeting, Develop Website on N.C. Shale Gas Study

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has scheduled a public meeting for Oct. 10 in Sanford as the department prepares to spend the coming months studying the potential environmental and economic impacts of shale gas exploration and development in North Carolina.

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