From WRAL and the Sanford Herald:
Lee Co Commissioner Jim Womack is picked leader of the Mining and Energy Commission.
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'Fracking' panel meets for first time
Raleigh, N.C. — The oversight panel appointed to ensure North Carolina's natural gas drilling industry doesn't pollute air and water picked Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack as its leader Friday morning.Womack was the only nominee for the position, but the vote wasn't unanimous.
He told WRAL News on Monday that he didn't know why he was the only candidate to lead the Mining and Energy Commission, but he believes he's uniquely qualified due to his background in the military, private sector and local government.
He also said that he believes the state needs to open its doors to hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the controversial drilling process used to extract natural gas from deep underground. The fracking process injects a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand at high pressure to crack shale rock and release natural gas.