Fracking hearing

An estimated 500 people showed up Friday, Sept. 12, for a public hearing on hydraulic fracturing, typically called fracking, held by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission in Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center. The crowd was overwhelmingly opposed to the technology being used in North Carolina. Speakers’ worries included fears about drinking water contamination from chemicals used in the gas-extraction process.

Anti-fracking foes punctuated the state’s fourth and final public hearing on hydraulic fracturing regulations with an exclamation point. About 550 people showed up Friday in Cullowhee to wave anti-fracking signs, tender anti-fracking speeches and cheer anti-fracking speakers.