State regulators in both Carolinas have signed off on proposals by companies to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast, subject to some conditions.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control last Friday certified a proposal by Spectrum GEO. Earlier the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources certified proposals for surveying by both Spectrum and GX Technology.
Representatives of Equality North Carolina are preparing to return to Raleigh for this year's Day of Action event at the Legislative Building and to talk with legislators.
A lot has happened the state's leading gay rights group held its formal lobbying day at the General Assembly last year.
Gay rights activists have been heartened since October court rulings legalized same-sex marriage in North Carolina, although the U.S. Supreme Court is now examining whether gay couples have the right to marry.
Some North Carolina lawmakers have a remedy for the state's transportation funding shortfall. They want to rely less on the gasoline tax and more on higher car sales taxes, driving and insurance fees.
The House Transportation Committee wants to talk Tuesday about legislation filed by the panel's chairmen. No votes are scheduled. The meeting will likely prove a barometer for Republican leaders as to whether colleagues are interested in pressing forward.
An effort to freeze the percentage of retail electricity sales North Carolina utilities must create through renewable sources and efficiency efforts has passed the state House.
Lawmakers in the House gave final approval Wednesday to their version of the annual "regulatory reform" bill, which also includes a provision conservation groups argue will discourage solar project construction.
The measure sets the retail sales percentage at 6 percent. A 2007 law has it growing to as high as 12.5 percent.
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Its time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, crafts, and cocktails. Tickets are now on sale for for the upcoming LEAF Festival. Speaking of tickets; theline up for the Biltmore Estate Summer Concert Series has been announced and tickets go on sale mid week.
Area environmental groups are urging the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency to tighten air pollution standards at Duke Energy's Skyland plant. Every five years the agency reviews emission standards at the plant. This week the public had an opportunity to weigh in on the issue at a pubic meeting held at Erwin High School. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups charge the draft permit is weak and are urging the air quality agency to tighten emission standards specifically for sulfur dioxide.