Landowners could be forced to give up control of the natural gas under their land and sell it to energy companies whether they want to or not.
Known as forced pooling, the once-obscure practice is about to be put to a major test as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission grapples with creating fracking regulations to protect the public and safeguard the environmnet.
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Without a forced pooling provision to clear the way for energy companies, it's not clear whether fracking -- or hydraulic fracturing for underground natural gas -- has much of a future in North Carolina. Read the story here.
WOOD PELLETS AND WETLAND FORESTS: Sensitive wetland forests in northeastern North Carolina are threatened by Europe's voracious appetite for wood pellets, according to environmental advocacy groups. They've issued a report saying the area around Ahoskie is more likely to undergo industrial-style logging because a pellet mill there has created a new market for low-value trees. Read the story here.
PLANS FOR INDIAN CASINO AND RESORT: The Shelby Star reports that a new study evaluates the economic impact of an Indian casino in Cleveland County. Projections are for nearly $90 million in wages for 4,000 new jobs, and more than $100 million in state taxes.
Earlier this month, The N&O reported Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is considering a deal to allow a South Carolina-based tribute to open a casino across the border. The potential deal has drawn swift opposition from some Republican leaders. Read that story here.
BACK TO SCHOOL:Former Gov. Bev Perdue is spending the fall at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. She will also be an adviser to Duke's Center for Child and Family Policy. She was at Harvard in the spring. She told students giving her a tour Tuesday that after the political struggles of the past four years the time on campus helped restore her positive outlook. Read the story here.