State faces off with Oil & Gas Commission

State faces off with Oil & Gas Commission

North Carolina’s Oil & Gas Commission appears ready to put fracking back on the agenda despite the state’s contention that it lacks the legal authority to conduct business. Jim Womack, a vocal supporter of shale gas exploration who was appointed to the commission by state Sen. Phil Berger, has set up a meeting Wednesday in Lee County to pick a chairman and swear in members. While no action is expected, the panel could eventually decide that local fracking moratoriums are illegal. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, meanwhile, contends Womack is not even a member of the commission.

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