Residents in Sanford will get a chance to voice their opinions on hydraulic fracturing drilling at a public meeting that is the second of four such gatherings planned by the state Mining and Energy Commission.
The hearing will be held Friday evening. It follows one held Wednesday in Raleigh that nearly 400 people attended.
Fracking opponents will hold a news conference before the hearing begins Friday in Sanford in Lee County, one of the places where scientists believe pockets of natural gas exist in layers of shale.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law this summer clearing the way for permits to be issued as early as next spring for the drilling method that involves injecting water, sand and chemicals to break apart underground rocks so oil and gas can escape.
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Hundreds of people are attending a public meeting in Raleigh on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking.
Nearly 400 people filled an auditorium at North Carolina State University on Wednesday, with dozens addressing public officials. Most opposed fracking.
Susan McClanahan of Chapel Hill asked that energy companies set aside money for potential spill cleanup for a longer period than the rules require.
The meeting is one of four during a comment period that lasts until the end of September. The state Mining and Energy Commission will analyze the comments and consider revisions to the rules, which then must undergo a fiscal review before legislators have the final say.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law clearing the way for fracking permits as soon as spring.
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