by Jon Sanders
John Locke Foundation
August 14, 2014
Policy Report
Along with hopes for new jobs, a new domestic industry, and a stronger economy, the prospect of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Carolina has raised several concerns. Some of these are legitimate questions informed by a responsible skepticism. Others are fears fanned by activists and environmentalist pressure groups. The latter include highly questionable advertisements by an environmentalist “dark-money group” calling itself the “North Carolina Environmental Partnership” ( NCEP) and comprising several organizations. This research paper seeks to address questions and concerns about hydraulic fracturing and shale gas and oil exploration in North Carolina.

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