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NCLM Hosts Fracking Symposium

December 19, 2011

With the potential for natural gas extraction in select areas of North Carolina now considered viable through the use of hydraulic fracturing, municipalities in these basins must now consider this issue in-depth to determine the impact of such activities.  Advocating for the continuous improvement of the quality of life in North Carolina communities, the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) acknowledges both cost and benefit potential in the development of such an industry.  Significant issues related to hydraulic fracturing exist and must now be addressed by municipal leaders and officials as this process is considered by the General Assembly and the Governor’s office.

 

To further the dialogue on this contentious issue, the NCLM conducted a Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium on Friday, December 16, 2011.  A diverse group of presentations were examined and discussed, with representatives from a broad spectrum of perspectives on the panel.  Presentation materials are available below:
 

  • John Felmy – Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
  • Grady McCallie – Policy Director, North Carolina Conservation Network
  • Vikram Rao – Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium
  • Jordan Treakle – Mineral Rights Project Coordinator, Rural Advancement Federation International

Along with the information provided during the symposium, the collective insight of municipal officials affected by or interested in the issue will be used in further discussions by NCLM policy committees.  Though the meeting yielded a detailed examination and a thought-provoking discussion on fracking, a half-day symposium cannot facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of such a complex issue.  A much larger discussion is needed for the consideration of such practices in North Carolina and NCLM is committed to facilitating further exchanges of knowledge and staying abreast of current issues.

Posted on December 19, 2011 by Daniel Amburn