North Carolina's rich onshore and offshore energy resources hold the potential to make us a leader in American energy production.
Geologists have identified natural gas shale formations throughout parts of Lee, Chatham, Durham, Wake and Orange counties -- resources which could be extracted through a process known as hydraulic fracturing.
America now occupies a position of energy leadership that was unthinkable a short time ago. These developments are strengthening America's energy and economic security and benefiting tens of millions of individuals. With both American and world energy demand expected to increase in the future, the continued availability of the full range of America’s energy resources will continue to grow in importance.
Sound regulations protect human health and the environment, while promoting economic development. Unfortunately, some regulations are not only harmful to the economy but also unnecessary for environmental protection.
It will take smart energy policies to keep America as the new energy superpower.