Protesters chain themselves to building


About a dozen people who opposed to a newly legal form of energy exploration in North Carolina shackled themselves to the front door of the building that houses the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources on West Jones Street.

Seven people associated with Croatan Earth First linked themselves together to block the entrance to the building around noon, while two others put bike locks through door handles and around their necks.

A few dozen protesters held banners and chanted their opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, before leaving peacefully with no arrests.

The Legislature agreed to allow fracking, a process to remove natural gas out of shale rock, this year but it can't occur until regulations are developed.

Protestors have said all legal channels of protest have been exhausted, so Monday's demonstration is their last resort to stop fracking.

No one was cited

After Capitol Police spoke with the protestors, they were allowed to speak with the media at DENR.

They received a warning that they would be charged if they protested in a similar manner again.

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