Press release from the N.C. Department of Environment:

RALEIGH – A Sept. 12 public hearing devoted to North Carolina’s oil and gas rules is being moved to another spot on the Western Carolina University campus – the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center, 92 Catamount Road.

University officials opted to move the venue of the hearing. The original plan was to have the public hearing at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The hearing is scheduled for 5 – 9 p.m. with registration for those who wish to speak starting at 4 p.m. The event will mark the public’s fourth and final opportunity to comment in a public hearing forum on the state Mining and Energy Commission’s draft rules for oil and gas development in North Carolina.

In addition to the public hearings, the commission has set a Sept. 30 deadline for people to comment in writing on the proposed rules. Written public comments are also being accepted at the hearings.

Hard copy written comments should be sent to:

DENR-Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources
Attn: Oil and Gas Program
1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1612

Written comments may also be submitted electronically through the state Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources’ website at:

The complete text of the proposed rules and proposed revisions to existing rules is available online at:

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