SMN: Franklin, Forest Hills Pass Fracking Resolutions

From Smoky Mountain News

Franklin, Forest Hills Pass Fracking Resolutions

Written by Jeremy Morrison

Two more local governments in Western North Carolina have passed resolutions opposing fracking this month. Franklin and Forest Hills are the most recent to formally oppose the natural gas exploration method green-lighted by state legislators earlier this year.

“This whole thing about fracking just doesn’t smell right,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

Scott authored Franklin’s resolution, borrowing from resolutions passed by other local governments such a Webster, Sylva and Swain County. The town board passed the resolution unanimously — “there were no questions from anyone” — in front of a full house.

“That’s the first time of my 10 years of being on the board and my six months being mayor that I’ve had people come and give us a standing ovation,” Scott said. “It was very heartfelt. People do not want fracking.”

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