DANBURY, N.C. – Stokes County commissioners unanimously voted for a resolution against fracking.
Hydraulic fracturing involves drilling thousands of feet into the ground and blasting rock to release natural gas.
Stokes County sits on a shale formation that geologists think could contain natural gas.
Hundreds of residents signed a petition expressing concerns about what fracking may do to their water and said they're glad county commissioners listened.
"There is a lot of pride in the fact that Stokes County commissioners stepped up and said 'We're in opposition to this' because of the unknown and because of the potential dangers to water supply and our economic development,” said Jayson Duncan, resident.
A bill lifting a ban on fracking moved through the North Carolina Senate last week. The House could vote on the measure this week.