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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

‘Fracking’ a future possibility in Stokes

(By Meghann Evans, The Stokes News) - Drilling and hydraulic fracturing, known commonly as “fracking,” is currently illegal in North Carolina. But a new study by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources shows that it could be a possibility for Stokes and Rockingham counties in the near future if approved by the state.

The N.C. Geological Survey has stated that there is a reserve of natural gas underneath the Sanford Sub-Basin, which spans Lee, Chatham and Moore counties. But now scientists also believe it is located underneath the Dan River Basin in Rockingham and Stokes counties.

A draft report issued this month by DENR determines that hydraulic fracturing of shale gas can be done safely in North Carolina as long as the right protections are in place prior to the issuance of any permits for the practice.


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