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.
A bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina is racing through Chambers during this short session of the General Assembly.
A Senate committee is recommending a protocol it says the state of North Carolina should follow while legalizing a controversial form of natural gas drilling.
As state lawmakers consider whether to allow drilling for natural gas – or fracking -- in North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper has been looking into consumer protection issues surrounding the practice.