- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DANBURY, N.C. (AP) - Most of the members of the Stokes County board of commissioners support a local ordinance to help protect their homeowners from the possible harmful effects of fracking.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1GYkN8T) that separate interviews with board members during a meeting recess Monday showed support for some protection against the process of hydraulic fracturing to find oil or natural gas.

Residents at the meeting expressed fears that fracking could lead to possible contamination of water and could hurt efforts to attract visitors to the area. They also worried that fracking could weaken the earthen dam that holds the coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station.

State lawmakers last year sharply restricted the ability of local governments to regulate fracking.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, https://www.journalnow.com


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