A N.C. House committee approved a bill Thursday that keeps the state’s fracking moratorium in place and puts the State Geologist back on the N.C. Mining & Energy Commission.
The legislation, Senate Bill 76, rejects the Senate’s attempt to fast-track shale gas exploration in North Carolina and restores a number of public protections and environmental safeguards the legislature enacted last year. The bill passed another House committee Wednesday and next goes to the full House.
The measure eliminates several controversal Senate provisions, including one that would have allowed injecting fracking wastewater underground. North Carolina has banned deep injections of industrial and chemical waste for four decades.