Fracking protest held in Raleigh


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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