Will North Carolinians Be Forced Into Fracking?

Landowners in North Carolina may be forced into having fracking take place on their property, according to a decision made Wednesday by a state government commissioned panel.

The forced fracking proposal, which the News & Observer reports could be enacted by legislature this fall, would allow an energy company to drill a fracking well and extract gas, whether the homeowner consents or not, after 90% of acreage of a drilling area has been voluntarily leased to energy companies.

While the homeowner would receive some monetary compensation in way of royalties for the sold gas, terms for this were not laid out, and no mention of health or environmental effects from fracking were made.