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Associated Press

Morganton chemical plant blocked by protesters who want to stop spread of natural gas fracking [USA]

Twelve activists who blocked a North Carolina chemical plant were arrested in a protest against the company's sale of products used in the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking...Croatan Earth First! spokeswoman Maria Rowan said... [the] group aims to stop the spread of fracking to North Carolina...Supporters say fracking will bring a much-needed economic boost...But fracking opponents are concerned about possible harm to people and the environment...Momentive Specialty Chemicals [part of Apollo Global Management (joint venture Carlyle Group & Apollo Group)]...spokesman John Kompa said..."MSC is committed to providing innovative, safe and effective solutions designed to help increase the efficiency of oil and gas operations...We believe modern hydraulic fracturing is a safe ... and controlled procedure."