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Granville Co. votes no to fracking

Posted: Sep 03, 2013 10:46 PM CST Updated: Sep 04, 2013 6:34 AM CST


by Eileen Park – bio | email

OXFORD, N.C. –

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is more commonly known, is a process to extract natural gas from deep underground. It’s also the subject of a fiery debate in North Carolina and across the country. Just last week, a new plan that could force landowners in the Tar Heel state to allow fracking on their land, was being discussed.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, N.C. could be sitting on more than 700 billion cubic feet of natural gas. How to get that gas, has been the subject of a fiery public debate for years.

A moratorium on drilling in N.C. is still in place, but energy companies and a large number of pro-fracking lawmakers, including Gov. Pat McCrory, have said they want it lifted.

Tuesday night, the battle over fracking came to Granville County. It’s one of several counties resting on some of the suspected gas-rich areas, but Tuesday night the community took a stand.

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