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NC troopers to add security to fracking hearing

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State officials say the N.C. Highway Patrol is stepping in to provide security so a public meeting on fracking can be held in Sanford.

State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says troopers will handle security Friday along with State Capitol Police officers.

Hundreds are expected at the public hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing. Critics say toxic chemicals can be left behind by the method of injecting water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas.

Mining and Energy Commission member James Womack expressed concerns after he said the Lee County sheriff declined to provide security. James Womack said in an email obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh that he would consider canceling the meeting unless other security was arranged.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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