The Fayetteville Observer published part two of its six-part series on natural gas drilling in North Carolina today, and the big focus was Lee County.
As has been reported ad nauseam over the past four years, Lee County is at the heart of a stretch of land in central North Carolina sitting on miles of natural gas deposits deemed perfect for horizontal drilling, or “fracking.” Today’s article talks about the potential economic shot in the arm natural gas drilling would provide Lee County, while also bringing up environmental concerns from Lee County residents and some landowners sitting on the potential goldmine.
It’s an interesting article that doesn’t bring up a whole lot of “new” information, but keeps the debate alive.
The Sanford Herald was among the first newspapers in the state to go in-depth on this issue back in 2011. To revisit those articles (in PDF format), click the links below.
- UNDER OUR FEET: Lee County the epicenter of an untapped natural gas resource
- ECONOMIC FUEL: Natural gas drilling could mean economic boost for landowners, Lee County if allowed
- RISKS vs. REWARDS: Drilling advocates, environmentalists have debated the risks for years