- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people are attending a public meeting in Raleigh on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking.

Nearly 400 people filled an auditorium at North Carolina State University on Wednesday, with dozens addressing public officials. Most opposed fracking.

Susan McClanahan of Chapel Hill asked that energy companies set aside money for potential spill cleanup for a longer period than the rules require.

The meeting is one of four during a comment period that lasts until the end of September. The state Mining and Energy Commission will analyze the comments and consider revisions to the rules, which then must undergo a fiscal review before legislators have the final say.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law clearing the way for fracking permits as soon as spring.

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