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Will NC lawmakers let fracking industry fund its own regulators?

June 20, 2012 - Responding to fracking opponents' concerns over how cash-strapped North Carolina can afford to regulate the industry, the legislature's Republican leadership is reportedly in talks with the American Petroleum Institute about paying for its own regulators. But given API's role leading up the BP disaster in the Gulf, does that really serve the public interest?

North Carolina gets a Texas-sized warning on fracking

June 13, 2012 - State lawmakers rushing to legalize a controversial method of natural-gas drilling got a visit from the former mayor of a rural Texas town where fracking is booming. Calvin Tillman shared a cautionary tale about what the gas industry can do to a community's landscape, residents' health and property rights.

How to beat oil addiction

February 6, 2006 - It's been fun to watch the fallout from President Bush's shocking announcement last week that the U.S. is a nation of oil addicts. After U.S. automakers and Middle East leaders politely phoned to ask what the hell was going on, the administration quickly back-pedaled, saying he "didn't mean it literally."