A key story this morning from the Winston Salem-Journal

State Mining and Energy Commission vice chair George Howard has a perspective on fracking that’s unique to his peers on the commission. As head of Restoration Systems LLC his company restores areas damaged by the practice.

The Journal takes a long look at Howard, including his criticism of an advisory panel to the commission. The story underlines the work of Howard’s company, which is likely to be a growing area of interest, especially since John Skvarla, the former CEO of Restoration Systems, is the new director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which as the state’s top environmental regulatory agency will be charged with interpreting and enforcing the rules being written.

Via Journal Now:

Howard is the president and co-founder of Restoration Systems LLC, based in Raleigh, which has been picked to do a stream-mitigation project involving the Towanda Creek watershed in rural Bradford County in Pennsylvania. On the company’s website, a description of the project leaves little doubt about how hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is good for his business.

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