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Agricultural and Environmental Law Overview

Agriculture law is the body of rules which governs infrastructure, seed, water, fertilizer, pesticides, land use, environmental issues, food production, finances, labor, marketing, insurance, land rights, estate planning and more. Environmental law seeks to regulate human activities on the environment.

Energy and Power Initiatives in NC

In North Carolina, there has been a push towards creating alternative methods to produce energy and power while taking into consideration environmental effects. For example, scientists see potential in the conductive properties found in hog and pig waste, and are working to build a formula for extracting those properties and turning them into usable energy.

As of right now, the carbon-neutral gas extracted from the waste will flow into a major gas pipeline feeding two of Duke Power’s combined-cycle power plants in the area. Under North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard, the utility is required to supply a portion of their renewable energy from swine waste, although such projects have been slow to develop.

The Legal Implications

This is one of many new energy theories that could materialize over the next few years, which means a potential increase in regulations for local businesses. If your company is stuck meandering its way through these new laws in an effort to utilize these new forms of energy, the agricultural and environmental law experts at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can assist. Contact us today to see how we can help your company!

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