NC panel protests keeping secret on fracking

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state commission has voted to write a letter to the N.C. Legislature in protest of a bill that would remove public disclosure of chemicals pumped into the ground during fracking from the panel's control.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/13cDB7A ) the N.C. Mining & Energy Commission voted unanimously Friday to write a letter of protest. Chairman James Womack plans to send it to House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

At issue is a provision in a House bill that leaves the writing of the state's chemical disclosure law to state lawmakers.

Many commissioners were astounded that the legislature would attempt to bypass a commission it created a year ago to create fracking rules. Commissioner Charles Taylor called the legislature's action an "insult."

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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