(McDowell News) A crowd gathered in front of the McDowell County Courthouse Friday to protest the practice of fracking and send a message to N.C. Rep. Mitch Gillespie: “Stop poisoning our backyards.”
Induced hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas or other substances for extraction from rocks. Proponents of fracking say it has economic benefits. However, opponents say it is harmful to the environment because it would contaminate the ground water, damage the air quality and be a serious threat to the public’s health.
Some of those opponents voiced their concerns about fracking at the courthouse. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) was one of the sponsors of the demonstration.
Denise Lee of Anson County held up a protest sign so people on Main Street could see how she and others felt.
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