A bill to allow permits for fracking in North Carolina is heading to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature after the Senate passed the legislation without debate.
It was a fast turnaround for the bill Thursday, after the House approved it with minor changes just hours earlier.
House Republicans turned back about one dozen Democratic amendments to the bill. Earlier in the day, opponents of the bill held a rally with lawmakers to call for more restrictions, criticizing the pace of the legislation as undemocratic and too fast.
Fracking refers to hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting oil and gas by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock. Permits for the practice could be issued by May 2015.