Protesters rally outside governor's mansion against fracking
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RALEIGH -- Dozens of protestors rallied in Raleigh Monday, begging the governor to veto a bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing or fracking in North Carolina.
Armed with signs, bullhorns and even drums, anti-fracking protestors lined the gates of the Governor's Mansion, calling on state leaders to take an environmental stance against the controversial drilling method.
"We're not going to sit back and allow the Governor not to take care of the population by vetoing this fracking bill, there's nothing positive about it for the environment. --- I think it's a short measure and it doesn't really accomplish what needs to be done,” said Michael George of Occupy Raleigh.
Critics of fracking said the method hasn't been thoroughly studied, and are worried it could cause major problems like groundwater contamination and earthquakes.
"Once the water is poisoned or polluted through this method, it can't be reversed, so I think that's extremely scary. And our water supply is limited to begin with," said protester Jeremy Gilchrist.
However, supporters said fracking would create much needed jobs and reduce the nation's dependency on foreign oil.
They also said the state House bill includes numerous protections for homeowners, but some politicians and protestors disagree.
"There are examples today of unscrupulous oil companies going in and leasing people's land, at $1 to $3 an acre, when even in today's depressed market, it's worth $3 to $5,000," said Rep. Bill Faison, a Democrat from Orange County.
The state House approved a bill last week that would allow the controversial method of natural gas drilling in the Tar Heel State.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the matter this week, and if approved, the bill will head to the governor's desk for her to sign.
Gov. Bev Perdue's office said she's currently reviewing the bill and doesn't have a comment at this time.