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A group of Republican legislators returns to North Carolina this afternoon following their fact-finding trip to Pennsylvania to learn more about the controversial practice known as fracking.

Chesapeake Energy, one of the top drillers of horizontal wells, served as the guide for this trip, as they did last month when Sen. Bob Rucho traveled to the region.

Rep. Pricey Harrison, who did not take part in either industry-led tour, has reservations that her colleagues are only seeing one side of the story, hearing little about the potential for environmental damage or health hazards.

The Guilford County Democrat also worries that when lawmakers reconvene in special session next week, the Republican leadership will push to override the Governor’s veto of  the Energy Jobs Act.  SB709, which Sen. Rucho is a primary sponsor of, could quicken the pace toward fracking as well as the off-shore exploration for natural gas.

Rep. Harrison joins us this weekend on News & Views to discuss the drawbacks of permitting fracking before fully understanding the risks. For a preview of her radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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The Sunday News and Observer front page story about hydraulic drilling for natural gas (known as fracking) missed some important collateral damage that North Carolinians could face if dangerous fracking were permitted in our state. Combine this with what we already know about the threats to groundwater and one has to wonder why Republican General Assembly Representatives Bob Rucho, Kelly Hastings and Mike Hager are still pushing it. Read More

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It will take place at 12:00 noon, next Thursday, November 10 at the Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets).

Attendees will get up to speed on the state policy debate surrounding this important environmental policy issue and hear from two Pennsylvania farmers who have experienced the impact of fracking up close and personal.

Click here for more information and to register for this important event.