North Carolinaʼs Department of Environment and Natural Resources submitted May 1 a final report evaluating oil and gas exploration in the state. Stemming from a June 2010 state law directing the agency to study oil and natural gas exploration in the state with a specific focus on fracking, the study concluded that fracking may be conducted safely in the state as long as certain protections are in place. Required considerations prior to issuing permits include the collection of additional water and air quality data, limits on water withdrawals, and a prohibition on the use of diesel fuel in fracking fluids.