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Lee Co. at center of fracking debate

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SANFORD, N.C. -

Lee County is one of the areas at the center of the fracking debate because of what could be under the ground.

The sign in Lee County says “Committed today for a better tomorrow.”

But whether fracking makes for a better – or worse – tomorrow depends on whom you ask.

Winfred Wicker said he worries that fracking would hurt the well and pond water on his property, thus impacting his family and his animals.

He doubts many jobs will be created, saying companies would likely bring in workers already trained.

Frank Del Palazzo is one of the most vocal supporters of fracking in Lee County. He believes fracking will bring lots of high-paying jobs.

He uses well water on his land and said he wouldn’t support anything that would harm that.

He said he has followed the debate and researched fracking and its impact himself.

"All of the negatives, the honest negatives, are far outweighed by the positives," Del Palazzo said.

Del Palazzo called allowing fracking “long overdue.”

“I am excited for my county and for my neighbors. I think it will be phenomenal,” he said.

But Wicker, an opponent of fracking, said, "Really, I don't think our voice has been heard. Not enough. I don't think there's been enough study, enough research done on what we're having done out here."

A bill to allow fracking passed the General Assembly this week and now awaits the governor’s signature. Gov. Pat McCrory has said he supports the bill.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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