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  •  I just found out a couple of days ago that (9+ / 0-)

    my husband's family's ancestral land that we just bought  north of Sanford North Carolina, sits on top of a potentially huge natural gas deposit (the Sanford sub-basin of the larger Deep River basin).  They're already looking into buying up and leasing land in order to get at the stuff.  Our land runs right along the Cape Fear River, undeveloped with access to the great quantities of water they need for fracking.  I'm very afraid their going to claim the mineral rights and move in against our wishes (they have some crazy mineral rights laws there, apparently).

    My concern (among many) is, what happens to the stability of the ground once the gas is extracted?  A huge sink hole possibility is what I was thinking.  

    Frankly, I don't know a hell of a lot about this issue, but I'm sure going to learn more.

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      gas inhabits the very tiny spaces between crystals or grains in the host rock, so removing the gas won't cause the ground to subside. It's the very toxic chemicals used in fracking, and the pumping of the subsequent chemical-filled waste water back into the ground that are the danger for your location. Be prepared to enter a class-action lawsuit.

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