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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

751 South's power play on water service

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Denied sewer and water by Durham city leaders, builders of the controversial 751 South development may be going through Raleigh to get what they want out of Durham. Lawmakers in the N.C. House of Representatives were expected to consider legislation Tuesday that would effectively force the city to extend utilities to the 167-acre mixed-use project in southern Durham County near Jordan Lake. The language, inserted into Senate Bill 382 as an amendment by Rep. Tim Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, picked up the approval of a House rules committee Monday, despite the protests of Durham City Manager Thomas Bonfield....

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New report: Seas rising fastest from Cape Hatteras northward

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

From the Department of Serendipity: Sea levels along the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras to Boston are rising faster than anywhere else in the world, according to a report in the journal Nature Climate Change. "We present evidence of recently accelerated sea level rise along a unique, 1,000-kilometer hotspot on the highly populated North American Atlantic Coast north of Cape Hatteras ... " the report reads. "Sea level rise, plus storm surge and other factors will increase the vulnerability of coastal cities to flooding, and beaches and wetlands to deterioration," it continues. Not that this news will faze NC-20, a...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Fracking's fate rests with Bev Perdue

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

To frack or not to frack, this is the question for N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue. The lame-duck governor could ultimately be the one who decides the state's fracking future. Not surprisingly, the N.C. House of Representatives gave its approval of fracking Thursday, although drilling opponents are likely to see opportunity in the 66-43 vote, which largely fell on party lines. Republicans will need at least six more votes to override a gubernatorial veto should Perdue use that power in the next 10 days. Supporters say the natural gas drilling would be a boon for a lagging economy, bringing hundreds of...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Environment NC: wind, not gas

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

As N.C. House of Representatives leaders prepare to debate the controversial Senate Bill 820, a GOP-backed measure that could open the state's borders to fracking in two years, environmental advocates are making the case for offshore wind as a cleaner alternative. Leaders with Environment North Carolina say they will release their report (titled "Wind Mills, Not Spills—The environmental and economic benefits of offshore wind versus offshore drilling in North Carolina") Wednesday morning in the legislative building's press room in Raleigh. The meeting will come hours after an 8:30 a.m. House environment committee session at the N.C. General Assembly, where Sen....

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Study shows growth in NC nonprofit arts & culture

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

North Carolina’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $1.24 billion in direct economic activity, and the Triangle region led the state, accounting for just under a third of the total amount in 2010. Moreover, in a time when economic growth has been scarce, jobs in the state’s creative industry have grown by more than 3.5 percent since 2006. Those numbers were among the findings announced Monday in Winston-Salem when the North Carolina Arts Council released the results of a statewide study into the economic impact of the arts. The study, “Arts and Economic Prosperity IV,” also found that arts and...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We have no fracking gas

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Not 40 years. Not 30 years. Not even 10 years. Six years: That’s how long natural gas resources in the Deep River Basin would meet the state’s demand, according to a much-awaited U.S. Geological Survey assessment of gas resources released Tuesday. That amount is far short of leaders’ predictions that the state’s supply of shale-trapped natural gas could power the state for four decades, a key point in pro-fracking lawmakers’ bid to legalize the controversial drilling technique. The USGS survey arrived less than a day before the state Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to approve Senate Bill 820, a GOP-backed measure...

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