WNC shale gas study cancelled
(Smoky Mountain News) Western North Carolina is no longer on State Geologist Ken Taylor’s schedule for this fall’s tour de hydrocarbons in North Carolina. Taylor had planned to come to WNC in September to collect rock samples from road rights-of-way to test their carbon content. That initial test would have determined whether there was any point in pursuing shale gas exploration in the region any further. “The priorities outlined by the General Assembly and outlined in the budget have directed us to look at the basins in the central portion of the state where we’ve already been conducting analyses and testing,” said Jamie Kritzer, public information officer for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. In other words, the 2014-15 budget came in a little tighter than expected, so studies will focus on the Dan River, Deep River and Cumberland-Marlboro basins, which are thought to have the greatest potential of any area in the state.
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