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Public can comment on proposed rules for fracking at series of hearings

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The public is invited to a meeting with North Carolina officials to comment on proposed rules for the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking.

The first of four public meetings is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at NC State University in Raleigh. The state Mining and Energy Commission plans to hold other meetings in Sanford, Reidsville and Cullowhee.

In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law clearing the way for permits to be issued for hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – as soon as next spring. The drilling method involves injecting mixtures of water, sand gravel or other chemicals to break apart underground rocks to allow oil and gas to escape.

The law lifts a 2012 moratorium that blocked permits. It’s been criticized by environmental groups.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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