fracking Offshore Wind Energy Advocates say North Carolina Lags Behind Atlantic Coastal States By Isabelle Shepherd • Jul 10, 2014 Andy Dingley Listen Listening... / 0:53 Listen to the audio version here. North Carolina could begin issuing oil and natural gas drilling permits as early as next spring. House Passes Hydraulic Fracturing Bill By Rachel Lewis Hilburn • May 30, 2014 Update: The Senate approved the House changes late Thursday. Senate Bill 786 is now on Governor Pat McCrory's desk awaiting a signature. North Carolina is one step closer to allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state. Fracking Bill Passes 2nd House Reading By Rachel Lewis Hilburn • May 28, 2014 Joshua Doubek Listen Listening... / 1:34 Listen to the story here. A bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina is racing through Chambers during this short session of the General Assembly.