N Carolina fracking meeting called off by absences

November 9, 2017

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — A member of a recently retooled panel regulating North Carolina’s fracking industry says its first meeting has been canceled after two members said they would not attend.

The state Oil & Gas Commission had scheduled an organizational meeting Thursday in Sanford. An attempted organizational meeting last month had also been canceled.

The Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday the meeting would not happen because of a staffing vacancy and three other environmental panels were meeting Thursday.

Commissioner Jim Womack had said Wednesday the commission would meet anyway. But Womack said in an email early Thursday that two members said they would not attend, meaning there probably would not be a quorum, so the meeting was canceled again.

Womack has been trying to jumpstart commission work to address complaints.

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