On May 20, S 786 (this year's fracking bill) was pushed through two committees and sent to the Senate floor. On May 21, the full Senate gave tentative approval to the measure, and we expect it to be heard in the House next week.
S 786 contains a provision that breaks the promise made by the 2012 legislature when it put a ban on the issuance of fracking permits until a regulatory framework is in place. The legislature committed that the ban would not be lifted until the General Assembly reviewed and voted on the Mining and Energy Commission’s rulemaking recommendations. And, the legislature promised that North Carolina would have the strongest rules in the nation.
Instead, S 786 lifts the ban on issuing fracking permits effective in July of 2015.