Radio ads praise N.C. lawmakers for fracking votes

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — The energy industry is thanking several North Carolina lawmakers who supported fracking legislation with radio ads in their districts as elections approach.

The American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday it began airing ads last week that run into early next month. Slightly different versions praise seven House or Senate Republicans who voted for what it calls “safe, responsible development of North Carolina energy.”

A law finalized in June eliminates a 2012 fracking moratorium and would allow permits if legislators sign off on developed fracking rules, probably early next year. An institute spokesman says the ad buy is significant but didn’t give a dollar amount.

Several environmental groups opposed to fracking have run ads criticizing Republican lawmakers for supporting the natural gas initiative.