Safety concerns addressed for fracking hearing

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm •  Published: August 22, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials say they have addressed concerns about security so that a public meeting on fracking in Sanford can proceed as planned.

State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says two officers from the legislative police force will provide security at the site of the hearing Friday night and that highway patrol troopers and Sanford police officers will be nearby in case backup is needed.

The state environmental department had said earlier in the day that troopers were the ones providing security.

Hundreds are expected at the public hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing.

Mining and Energy Commission member James Womack said in an email obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh that he would consider canceling the meeting unless security was arranged.