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Thursday, June 28, 2012

National Fracking Rules coming 

The Clarion Content has been following the fracking story and its effects on this area and our community closely. We broke the news that national builder D.R. Horton had been securing fracking rights to Durham properties through "Special Warranty Deeds." They have since backed down at least partially giving mineral rights back to some Durham property owners who were not properly informed they were granting them to the home builder.

This may or may not happen to your water after local fracking...

As we warned last month, the national debate on fracking is not over, many view fracking through the lens of domestic energy production. We think you will be hearing a lot more about fracking as the presidential campaign heats up.

The Obama administration announced this week its intention to toughen oversight of fracking on federal land. It is widely expected that the Interior Department will issue rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, e.g. fracking, by the end of this year.

Of course, a new President might mean a whole different set of rules than the current occupant of the White House is planning. For example, current regulations do not require energy and mining companies injecting high-pressure concoctions of water, chemicals and sand into the earth to even disclose what chemicals and potential pollutants are in their frothy brew (which may or may not seep into your ground water).

Read more about this political hot potato here at The Hill.

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