Fracking study bill passes House Finance Committee | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fracking study bill passes House Finance Committee

Posted by on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

House Bill 242, which calls for a study of the environmental and financial impacts of fracking, passed the House Finance Committee today. However, there was substantial discussion about the lack of legal protections for landowners who sign leasing agreements with drilling companies.

As the Indy reported this week, although fracking is still illegal in North Carolina, many landowners, particularly in Lee County, have already signed leasing contracts with drilling companies, the major one being the Denver-based WhitMar Exploration.

Becky Ceartas, program director of Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, told the committee that the contracts she’s seen contain predatory clauses including those that allow the landowner to be liable for environmental damage and permit the drilling company to explore for natural gas anywhere on the land without notice. “These abuses should be corrected through legislation,” she said.

State Rep. Paul Luebke, a Durham Democrat, asked that protective language be included in the bill before sending it to the full House for a vote. “I’m very troubled by moving this bill along when it’s not ready,” he said. “I’m concerned we might be moving too fast on this. I want assurance that we can work on this before it leaves the House.”

Bill co-sponsor state Rep. Mitch Gillespie, a Republican representing Burke and McDowell counties, assured the committee that language, essentially crafted by RAFI, would be included in the final version of the bill that would go to the full House. However, he urged the committee to pass the bill today without that language so as to avoid getting “stuck with something we don’t like.”

Gillespie was referring to Senate Bill 709, known as the Energy Jobs Act, which would quickly overhaul the state’s energy policy to encourage offshore drilling and onshore fracking, as well as to load the Energy Policy Council with members from the oil and gas industries.

That bill passed the Senate 38-12 earlier this month. The House Public Utilities Committee is scheduled to hear it next.

Read the Indy's coverage of SB 709 and the first installment of the fracking series.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

Fine work, Mr. Billman. Your readers are probably aware that most of the NC conservative shenanigans can be laid at …

by growlybear on The Republican Power Plays at the Heart of N.C. Politics (News)

I have very little patience for the empty-headed Pro-poison crowd, which is begging the government to take everyones rights away …

by DoritoReiss on The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law (News)

Most Recent Comments

Fine work, Mr. Billman. Your readers are probably aware that most of the NC conservative shenanigans can be laid at …

by growlybear on The Republican Power Plays at the Heart of N.C. Politics (News)

I have very little patience for the empty-headed Pro-poison crowd, which is begging the government to take everyones rights away …

by DoritoReiss on The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law (News)

About time some one fixed this.

by Bob Schroeck on Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional (News)

And I'm just getting started- What do you think of a society that ritualizes placing its babies -their most vulnerable, …

by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law (News)

Feel free to put your faith in pharmaceutical products if you want to live like that. I prefer not to, …

by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation