Chatham and Lee counties may soon have company in their attempts to take advantage of a loophole in the state's fracking law.
With Chatham approving a temporary moratorium on drilling last month
and Lee County considering a similar ban on Monday, leaders in rural Stokes County near the N.C.-Virginia border may do the same.
Per the Winston-Salem Journal
, county commissioners in Stokes deliberated Monday about passing a three-year drilling moratorium.
As the Indy
reported last week, state law forbids outright bans on drilling, but says nothing of temporary moratoriums.
Stokes commissioners set a public hearing for Sept. 28 to consider the moratorium, at which time the board could take a vote, according to the Journal
. The temporary moratorium would halt any drilling permitting.
Chatham County Commissioner Jim Crawford, who helped lead the push for a drilling moratorium, said the county will be considering a comprehensive land-use plan during the stoppage. "We have to demonstrate to a judge that we're not just singling out drilling unfairly," Crawford told the Indy
According to the Journal
, Stokes commissioners said they would use the time to review state and federal drilling laws.