Experts on mineral rights and other aspects of energy exploration will discuss the ins and outs of negotiating land leases tonight at a workshop in Durham.
The fracking event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Durham County Extension Office at 721 Foster Street. It's free to the public.
Fracking refers to hydraulic fracturing, a technology used in conjunction with horizontal drilling to tap into underground natural gas deposits trapped in shale rock formations. North Carolina is believed to have about 40 years of shale gas around Lee, Chatham, Moore and other central counties.
Such drilling practices are not currently legal in this state but they are likely to be debated by the state legislature.
Speakers will discuss legal considerations and other factors to consider when negotiating a lease, among other related topics.