Mining and Energy Commission Meetings Set for Thursday and Friday in Raleigh

RALEIGH – The public is invited to attend meetings in Raleigh Thursday and Friday of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and the committees responsible for providing the commission with recommendations on oil and gas exploration.

The meetings will be in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, 512 North Salisbury St., Raleigh.

On Thursday, the committees of the Mining and Energy Commission all meet on the following schedule: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Water and Waste Management Committee (to include a public comment period); 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Administration of Oil and Gas Committee; 1-3 p.m., Environmental Standards Committee; and 3-5 p.m., Rules Committee. The meetings are scheduled to break for lunch from 12:30-1 p.m.

On Friday, the full Mining and Energy Commission meets from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the same location. The commission will hear reports from the chairmen of each of the four committees that meet Thursday, and study groups on Local Government Regulation, Compulsory Pooling, and Funding Levels and Sources. The meeting also will include presentations on aspects of oil and gas exploration and development from the directors of the state divisions of Air Quality, Water Quality and Waste Management. The agenda also includes introduction of new staff in the Energy Program, a part of the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources responsible for helping the commission. A public comment period will be held near the end of the meeting. Ten people will be allowed to speak for up to three minutes per person. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Ground Floor Hearing Room from 8:30-8:55 a.m.

For a full meeting schedule and agendas, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/meeting-schedule .

The commission, in conjunction with other commissions and state agencies, has been directed to establish a modern oil and gas regulatory program.

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