The state’s Republican governor has signed a bill that bans fracking in the state, as the Obama administration moves to restrict fracking in areas of the US where there are earthquakes.
North Carolina, the home of the nation’s largest shale gas deposits, has been a leader in the fight against the use of fracking.
In April, state regulators approved a moratorium on fracking, but in June they imposed a five-year ban.
Since then, a number of local governments have banned fracking in order to save energy costs.
North Carolinians have also been fighting to stop the controversial drilling of wells in their backyards.
“I don’t want to see fracking on the ground in my backyard,” said Karen Tuch, a resident of Brunswick, North Carolina, as she watched the news on her television set.
Tuch and other residents have also staged demonstrations against fracking.
Tough measures against fracking have also led to protests, as well as violent confrontations between protesters and police.
In response, North Carolinian Governor Pat McCrory issued a memo in February saying that fracking “is an imminent threat to our public health and safety” and that the state would take all necessary measures to protect the public.
The North Carolina Republican also signed a directive to all state agencies, including local governments, to report to the governor on any “non-emergency” environmental impacts.