Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) invites the public to participate in a forum on shale energy rulemaking, exploration and development in North Carolina Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin.
Commissioner Jim Womack, immediate past chair of the Mining and Energy Commission will be the featured speaker.
He will present:
- Statutory guidelines from the NC General Assembly,
- Mining and Energy Commission’s organization and rulemaking process,
- What we know about shale energy deposits in the Triassic Basin,
- Potential benefits from developing shale resources, and
- Myths and urban legends about shale energy development (“fracking”).
Following Womack’s presentation, Senator Davis will moderate an extensive Q & A with the audience and an expert panel of guests who are familiar with the N.C. shale energy program, environmental issues, and related legislation.
Science-based, peer-reviewed handouts will be available. Also available for review will be DVDs, books, papers, and maps that provide authoritative information on the subject of shale energy.
Questions must be submitted in writing (blank index cards provided) and will be drawn at random for responses. No signs will be allowed in the building.