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WALNUT COVE, N.C. — These days, the Piedmont Triad’s debate over hydraulic fracturing centers on a chunk of ground just a few inches wide at the edge of this small Stokes County town, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

State officials plan to drill a “core hole” that size deep into the rock formation under a piece of land the town owns along a rutted, dirt road on the perimeter of a suburban neighborhood.

Depending on what they find, it could be the first step toward opening the region to the controversial and potentially lucrative technique of fuel recovery known commonly as fracking.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record