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Several hundred people filled the floor of Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, nearly all of them opposing rules that would make fracking possible in North Carolina. Paul Clark/Carolina Public Press
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October 30, 2014, No comments

A total of 217,285 comments on the draft rules for oil and natural gas exploration have been counted by staff from the N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, who serve the commission.

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

Duke Energy: No plans to shut down Asheville plant in near future

October 29, 2014, No comments

Despite a local campaign calling for the company to work toward shutting down its primarily coal-fired power plant, a Duke representative told Ashevil ...

Sliding Rock, in Pisgah National Forest, is one of the region's most popular destinations. Photo via Wikipedia/Lincolnh

Forest Lookouts: Deciding the future of WNC’s national forests

October 22, 2014, No comments

This story launches an in-depth reporting project from Carolina Public Press about the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests which are u ...

Alene and Cris Arnold, of Nashville, Tenn., view a hemlock snag created when the Forest Service dynamited the dead hemlocks along the trail at Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County. "We were just wondering if we should bring the kids," Alene Arnold says, as her family loved the cool, shady conditions on this trail in years past. Photo by Mike Belleme

Next round of Pisgah, Nantahala national forest planning meetings underway

October 21, 2014, No comments

The meetings, which will be held throughout October and November in locations across Western North Carolina, will provide information about the propos ...

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    Drinking water supplies located near NC coal ash ponds
    October 13, 2014, Comments Off

    Duke Energy officials have identified 830 private and public drinking water supply wells near the company’s 32 coal ash storage ponds in North Carolina, according to an initial survey the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resourc ...

  • Mountain stream. Photo courtesy of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
    State funds water projects in Haywood, Transylvania, Yancey
    October 3, 2014, Comments Off

    North Carolina officials have awarded nearly $1 million in grants for 10 projects that will help North Carolina towns and counties restore streams, reduce erosion, study future water supplies and benefit other water resources.

  • The French Broad River. Archive photo by Katie Bailey/Carolina Public Press
    Duke Energy creates $10M fund for Carolinas waterways
    September 25, 2014, Comments Off

    The money will be used to improve water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and expand public access. It may also buff a corporate image battered by the “profound event,” as CEO Lynn Good called the nation’s third-largest ash ...