Study group of state mining commission cancels Friday meeting; two related study groups to meet Friday as planned

RALEIGH – A study group of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has canceled its Friday meeting, while two of the commission’s other study groups will meet Friday as scheduled.

The Funding Levels and Potential Funding Sources Study Group canceled its Friday meeting at the Archdale Building, 512 North Salisbury St., Raleigh, to avoid conflicting with the other scheduled meetings of the state Mining and Energy Commission. The group will announce when the meeting will be rescheduled later.

The Compulsory Pooling and the Local Government Regulation study groups will meet as scheduled Friday at the McSwain Agricultural Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. The Compulsory Pooling group meets from 9 a.m.-noon. The Local Government Regulations group meets from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The study groups are required to make recommendations to the full N.C. Mining and Energy Commission on regulations for oil and gas exploration and development, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is required to report its findings and recommendations, including legislative proposals, to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental Review Commission by Oct. 1, 2013. The Mining and Energy Commission is developing a modern regulatory program to manage oil and gas exploration and development activities in North Carolina, including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

On Friday, the Compulsory Pooling Study Group will be exploring the issues surrounding compulsory pooling, which refers to joining leased and unleased tracts of land so there is sufficient acreage to form a drilling unit for natural gas extraction. The Local Government Regulation Study Group plans to discuss setback requirements, noise and light restrictions, property rights and other local government regulations related to oil and gas exploration and development.

To see a schedule of meetings for the rest of the year, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/meeting-schedule .

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