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September 16, 2014, 2 Comments

In the fourth and final public hearing on North Carolina’s fracking-related rules, mountain residents largely decried the proposed rules, expressing concerns about ground and surface-water pollution, industrial accidents, pipeline failures and declining property values, among other items.

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Week before fracking hearing, Franklin forum attracts hundreds

September 4, 2014, Comments Off

At a forum held Tuesday, state officials fielded questions about fracking-related health and environmental concerns and presented information on how p ...

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State enviro official: WNC fracking study won’t happen this year

September 4, 2014, Comments Off

The state has retreated from its plan to collect rock samples this year in Jackson and the other far-western counties to test for indications of shale ...

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Location of WNC fracking hearing changed

August 29, 2014, Comments Off

A Sept. 12 public hearing devoted to North Carolina’s oil and gas rules is being moved to another spot on the Western Carolina University campus – ...

  • June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    June unemployment falls in all but 3 WNC counties
    August 20, 2014, Comments Off

    New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June -- arguably the start of tourist season across the mountains. Rates also show that the Asheville ...