SANFORD–A meeting at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center Tuesday evening marked the public’s first chance to hear from state officials about the controversial process of fracking, where natural gas is extracted from the ground with horizontal drillings. The crowd swelled to over 500 and over 90 signed up to speak. The hearing was kept orderly, thanks to local law enforcement who ran a tight security ship. They came by car, truck, van, motorcycle and bus-all to express their opinion. Some said fracking is a dirty word, while others said it could help a struggling economy. Despite concerns, state officials said last week that the gas drilling can be done safely. The meeting was scheduled for three hours and included a press conference on the state’s water resources. Another public hearing on the issue is scheduled March 27 in Chapel Hill.
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