Hundreds protest fracking rules

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Hundreds of concerned homeowners showed up to Rockingham County High School to protest fracking rules.

“I’ve already pretty much followed the fracking story across the country. I did not know it was coming to North Carolina,” said Glenn Bozorth, owner of Dan River Campground and Adventures.

Protesters are concerned with air and water quality issues, noise and potential health risks, among other dangers.

“It’s not going to pay for itself. It’s not going to be worth it in the long run paying back for the destruction it will do to our land, water and air,” said Terry Powell, who lives in Forsyth County.

Of the more than 100 people that signed up to speak at the meeting, FOX 8 only heard from one fracking supporter. The crowd hissed in response to his comments.

Governor Pat McCrory signed the “fracking bill” into law earlier this year. NC Mining and Energy Commission is in the process of drafting fracking guidelines.

The commission is having meeting across the state and supposedly using public opinion to revamp rules.

The fourth and final meeting will be Sept. 12 at Western Carolina University.

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