Do fracking tests in Walnut Cove pose earthquake danger?

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The Pine Hall Road Ash Landfill (foreground) sits on the banks of Belews Lake across Pine Hall Road from the Belews Creek Steam Station. (WALT UNKS)

BELEWS CREEK, N.C. — Few people in Stokes County have contemplated the possible risks posed by the massive coal-ash waste pond here more than Monty Stevens, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

A former director of the county’s emergency services department, Stevens has had to contemplate catastrophic scenarios as part of his job. Imagine what scenarios he can picture now as state geologists prepare to assess the area for the possible existence of shale gas reserves.

Fracking, the drilling method used to extract shale gas, has been linked with earthquakes.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal