NC chemical plant blocked in anti-fracking protest

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) -- The entrance to a North Carolina chemical plant is blocked by environmental activists who say they're protesting the company's products used in the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

Morganton Public Safety Chief Mark Tolbert said Monday between six and 10 officers are watching but taking no action against the protesters at the Momentive resin plant in Morganton, about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte. 

Protesters arriving before 8 a.m. assembled wooden barriers at each of the plant's two gates after employees arrived for work. A protester is atop the three-legged, 20-foot-tall structures. 

Croatan Earth First! Spokeswoman Maria Rowan of Carrboro says the group aims to stop the spread of fracking to North Carolina, where lawmakers want to allow the process used to extract gas from underground rock.

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