Senate Bill 76, also known as the “Domestic Energy Jobs Act”, was filed on February 11, 2013. This legislation would repeal the following section of SL 2012-143 (Senate Bill 820):
SECTION 3.(d) The issuance of permits for oil and gas exploration and development activities using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing treatments in the State pursuant to G.S. 113-395, as amended by subsection (c) of this section, or any other provision of law shall be prohibited in order to allow the Mining and Energy Commission sufficient time for development of a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development in the State and the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing treatments for that purpose, and for adoption of appropriate environmental standards applicable to these activities. No agency of the State, including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Management Commission, the Commission on Public Health, or the Mining and Energy Commission, shall issue a permit for oil or gas exploration or development activities using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing treatments until the General Assembly takes legislative action to allow the issuance of such permits.
You can view or download SL 2012-143 (Senate Bill 820) in its entirety below: