Professional Engineers Of North Carolina

FALL 2014

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13 Fall 2014 the Professional Engineer Master of Science Engineering Management Online and On-Campus DISCOVER THE TECHNICAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE MBA Concentrations in Energy Systems, Lean Six Sigma, or Logistics and Supply Chains Increase your operational acumen from day one Finish your degree in less than 2 years and for under $10K Ranked Among the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs by US News & World Report Christopher D. Hardin, PE, is a geotechnical and environmental engineer for Ch2M HILL specializing in business and environmental aspects of energy production and benefcial reuse of waste materials. with high-quality and reasonably stringent rules being used in other states, including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. n Place special emphasis on enforcement or implementation guidelines that provide high- quality vertical well installation and cement grout integrity. Evidence from problem fracking wells in other states indicates that the main issue is a lack of oversight by qualifed engineer- ing and well installation professionals at the time the vertical wells are installed. n From a sustainable business and environmental protection perspective, there needs to be a clearer path on how North Carolina will support and fund the regulatory programs that are necessary for protecting ground- water and promoting a self- supporting energy extraction business. As it stands right now, there do not appear to be sufcient fees — one time or annual — to support a self- sustaining regulatory program. n Stay involved in the public review and approval process by providing balanced technical viewpoints and perspectives that consider the long-term impacts and benefts to North Carolina. In closing, the rule-making process for the fracking and natural gas extrac- tion regulations that took place over the past 18 months have provided the professional engineers of North Caro- lina with many chances to engage and infuence rules and have a tremendous impact on the state over the next 10 to 30 years. Even though the initial rule making is drawing to a close, it is really just the beginning of the implementa- tion process that can afect North Carolina's economy, groundwater and natural resources. Tis is the time for the elected ofcials of North Carolina to continue to engage with the professional engineers to make sure the details are implemented properly. It also is the time for North Carolina professional engineers to continue to be actively engaged in a wide variety of issues that infuence the state's natural resources and the business of energy production.

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