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The statewide fracking debate makes its way to the Piedmont-Triad Monday.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- The statewide fracking debate makes its way to the Piedmont-Triad Monday.

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission will host a public meeting to discuss possible fracking regulations.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling into the ground and injecting water, sand, gravel or chemicals, to break apart underground shale rocks. Those rocks contain oil and gas - resources the state says could boost the economy here in North Carolina and help the nation become more energy independent.

In June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that will allow oil and gas companies to get permits for fracking as early as next spring. Before the law goes into effect, the Mining and Energy Commission is hosting public meetings to get feedback on fracking regulations.

Nearly 700 people attended the first two meetings at North Carolina State University, and in Sanford.

Monday, the commission will host a public meeting at Rockingham County High School. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. The school is located at 180 High School Rd. in Reidsville.

WFMY News 2 is planning to streaming the discussion live online.

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