RALEIGH — A state House committee approved a bill allowing fracking in North Carolina. The House Environment Committee went through the bill Wednesday morning.

It directs state agencies to come up with regulations for natural gas drilling by 2014. The Senate passed the bill last week, mostly along party lines.

Supporters say fracking would create jobs and provide the state with natural gas. Opponents say it would hurt the environment.

The full House could vote on the measure later Wednesday.