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Fracking protest held in Raleigh

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Members of Occupy Raleigh held a rally outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh Monday evening to encourage Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a bill that allows fracking in North Carolina.

The state House has approved a bill that allows hydraulic fracturing drilling and returned it to the Senate for consideration of minor amendments. The method involves injecting a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand at high speed to break up shale rock deep underground and free trapped natural gas.

Environmentalists worry the drilling has not been thoroughly studied and could lead to groundwater contamination, earthquakes and flammable drinking water.

Supporters say fracking will help the state harvest domestic energy and create new jobs.

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