RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory each sound willing for the state to allow a newly sanctioned form of natural gas exploration in the state known as fracking.
But go deeper and the two candidates are hardly identical in their views.
Dalton is skeptical anyone will ever drill commercially for the amount of natural gas projected by some under the Piedmont and Sandhills. The sitting Democratic lieutenant governor also says he’s worried about fracking and the environment.
McCrory says fracking can be done safely. The Republican former Charlotte mayor says outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue and Dalton have dragged their feet on new jobs and state revenues fracking could bring.
The Legislature authorized fracking this year but permits won’t be issued unless lawmakers are OK with developing regulations.
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