RALEIGH – The state House has begun its debate on bill that would make fracking legal in North Carolina.

Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial practice of forcing natural gas from underground.

The proposal saw many changes on Wednesday and now many state agencies are on board with the bill.

The environmental committee kicked off the House’s debate on a controversial fracking bill that has already been approved by the state Senate. But the version brought before the House has multiple changes, including multiple protections for homeowners.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said the additions to the bill would give Homeowners the strongest legal protections related to fracking in the country.

“Homeowners need these legal protections if North Carolina is going to move forward with fracking,” said Cooper, in a statement. “Speculators are already knocking on doors, pressing people to sign leases, so we need to put these protections in place now.”

Also on board is the Department of Natural Resources, but said the bill, which requires a two-year period to create fracking regulations before it can begin, does place a burden on them.

“It does create a very significant workload over the next two years, in terms of rule development,” said Robin Smith, assistant DEN secretary. “That is a very complex process when you are talking about the number of rules that would be required here.”

Several lawmakers believe this whole process is moving too fast.

“Everybody’s concerns will be heard and addressed during that process, as it will go through a two, two-and-a-half-year rule-making process,” said Rep. Mitch Gillespie, R-McDowell.

The full House is expected to debate this proposal on Thursday. If approved it will need a concurrence vote from the Senate.