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Piedmont residents meet in Yadkin Co. to hear from experts about fracking

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YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. -- Hundreds of residents from several counties turned out Tuesday night at Courtney Elementary School to hear from experts on the environmental impact of fracking.

Lawmakers lifted a moratorium on fracking in our state and some experts believe it could start as early as next year.

“We are hoping to furnish information and hopeful after that we can stop fracking in North Carolina,” said Rosalyn Fielding, one of the event’s organizers concerned over fracking effects on the environment.

“The health issues, the pollution in the air, the chemicals and toxic chemicals in the water, the lose of a well, how can a farmer farm without a well?” Fielding said.

Fracking has been rarely talked about in Davie and Yadkin County until this year, when local State Senator Andrew Brock pushed for taxpayers to pay for the soil to be tested along the small Davie shale basin. The test would have concluded whether or not the shale basin is prime for fracking. The state house budget didn't support it. Brock said previously he pushed for the testing to make sure the area wouldn't be left out if fracking was possible.

“We take pride in the act that North Carolina is such a beautiful state and pristine and we don't want to see it littered with oil wells and gas well,” said Monica Vallier, creator of Don't Frack with Moms. “[It is] really discouraging to me that I won’t feel comfortable giving [my kids] my tap water.”