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Press release from the N.C. Department of Natural Resources, shared Sept. 4:

RALEIGH – The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission will hold its first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 1-5 p.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, located at 512 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.

The commission’s initial meeting agenda will focus on orientation information for the newly reconstituted commission. Agenda topics include: compliance with open meetings and public records law, state ethics requirements and the Mining and Energy Commission’s duties under the 2012 legislation creating the commission. The meeting will also be broadcast online. The agenda and instructions for watching the web broadcast are available online at

The General Assembly ratified the “Clean Energy and Economic Security Act,” or Session Law 2012-143, in July. This law reconstitutes the state’s Mining Commission as the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, and charges the commission with developing a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development activities in North Carolina, including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Initial information about the Mining and Energy Commission, including its membership, can be found online at

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