The state office that will help with fracking rules is undergoing a leadership change and a name change.
Long-time state employee Tracy Davis has been promoted to lead the N.C. Division of Land Resources, part of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Davis is a career staff member in the division's Land Quality section, and has worked for DENR for nearly 25 years. He replaces Jim Simons, who retired May 31.
Under the new fracking law, the Division of Land Resources will be called the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources come Aug. 1.
The division will work for the new Mining and Energy Commission, one of the groups that will write rules for fracking.