North Carolina Moves Closer to Fracking

The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill that moves the state a step closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the state, where it is now banned. The measure calls for a study – to be completed by  May 1, 2012 – of whether the controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale would be environmentally safe in North Carolina. The state Senate passed a larger energy bill last month that calls for a similar study.

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[VIDEO] Midwest Mining Rush Threatens Water



Midwest Mining Rush Threatens Water is a major investigative series on how foreign mining companies threaten the largest supply of fresh surface water in America as they begin to operate in the upper Midwest. In a video interview, reporter Tiffany Danitz Pache talks about her comprehensive six-part story.  In her reporting, she focused on the different approaches three states – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota – have taken when confronting the same issues on how to protect clean water supplies.

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