Town may join opposition to fracking

Local leaders may soon begin speaking out about the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, which is approved to begin in western North Carolina in 2015.

Franklin Mayor Bob Scott brought up concerns with fracking during Monday’s town board meeting.

“It’s a misdemeanor to try to find out what the petroleum industry is putting into the ground. I’m also concerned that any kind of regulations a town might do to regulate or pass ordinances concerning fracking have been taken away.”

Mayor Scott expects a resolution about fracking to be presented to aldermen at their August meeting.

“It’s definitely concerning the local governments out here in the west,” Scott said.