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Workshop for landowners scheduled in Sanford, Dec. 14th

Just passing notice of this workshop for concerned landowners scheduled for December 14th at the McSwain Center in Sanford. The workshop is being organized by RAFI and the Southern Environmental Law Center. Click the link below for the official flyer for more information.

RAFI & SELC Landowner workshop flyer

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Forced pooling and its potential impact

I am remiss that I did not pass along this information when it was first published by RAFI, but they have put together a very easy-to-follow explanation and graphic on the impact of the Compulsory Pooling policy in Lee County.

Graphic put together by RAFI demonstrating the impact of Compulsory Pooling. See their website, linked at the top of this post, for the narrative and a number of helpful, informative links.

Compulsory Pooling Study Group to discuss draft report, Aug 28

Note that the Compulsory Pooling Study Group will meet this Wednesday in Raleigh to discuss the draft report. The agenda is posted online and has a link to the draft report. Apologies for the lack of activity on here – not due to a lack of interest, but for being swamped with other pressing items.


Agenda for April 24th meeting of the Compulsory Pooling Study Group

The agenda for tomorrow’s Compulsory Pooling Study Group meeting is copied and pasted below. Note the duration of the meeting is stretched out compared to previous meetings: the group has a lot to discuss between now and their deadline to provide recommendations to the MEC. I hope the public continue to attend these study group meetings despite the level of detail the groups get into on technical issues; group members have continued to show great respect in addressing questions from the public. {On a side but serious note, I am unclear what happens to unaddressed issues if the study groups do not put together a comprehensive list of recommendations before October 2013.}


April 26, 2013, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm

McSwain Agricultural Center, 2420 Tramway Road

Sanford, NC

printable agenda

I. Preliminary Matters

1. Call to Order and Notice of NCGS 138A-15 Ray Covington, Chairman

In accordance with the State Government Ethics Act, it is the duty of every member of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission to avoid conflicts of interest and potential conflicts. If any member knows of a conflict of interest or potential conflict with respect to matters coming before the Committee today, please identify the conflict or potential conflict at this time.

II. Action Items

2. Cost Sharing in Other States-  Jim Dewbre, Senior Vice President for Land and Business Development, Southwestern Energy

3. Group Recommendations on Cost Sharing and Payment Structures- Chairman Covington

4. Group Recommendations on Indemnification Issues-  Chairman Covington

III. Information Items

5. Opening Discussion on Reporting and Notice Requirements-  John Humphrey


7. Opening Discussion on When to Compel Pooling-  Chairman Covington

Discussion to include whether or not to allow compulsory pooling, pooling of special lands, territorial scope of pooling order, compelling pooling of leased rights to different operators, and allowing drill-through access

8. Agendas for the Next Two Meeting-s  Chairman Covington

May 17 printable agenda

May 31 printable agenda

9. Public Questions and Comments- Chairman Covington

IV. Closing Comments- Chairman Covington

The State of Things discusses fracking in NC

Great episode of The State of Things yesterday discussing fracking in NC with the reporter who has done the series shared here, Vik Rao of the MEC, Ryke Longest of Duke’s Nicholas Institute, and Elaine Chiosso of the Haw River Assembly. The discussion went into a little more detail than what the series have been able to address. What is really fascinating to hear on here is where the panelists agree on issues related to wastewater treatment, storage, and disposal, compulsory pooling, regulatory “teeth,” and the known unknowns of fracking fluids. The area they really did not dig too deeply into is the economic impact, though Rao specifically said we do not really know what that will be until more exploration is done. I actually have to agree with him there since we have very limited data on the hydrocarbon content in our Triassic Basin’s shale beds, though can still address how we want North Carolina to turn the typical boom-bust cycle on its head if fracking happens.

What Is The Future Of Fracking In North Carolina?




Agendas for tomorrow’s study group meetings in Sanford, Pinehurst

The agendas are up for the Compulsory Pooling Study Group and for the Local Government Regulations Study Group meetings tomorrow. The Pooling group will meet in the morning at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center in Sanford, and the Local Government group will meet in the afternoon at the Village Hall in Pinehurst.