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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Opponents are rallying against a bill to allow fracking next year, even as the North Carolina House prepares to vote on the idea.

About 50 people and a half dozen representatives criticized the Republican-backed bill Thursday that would allow fracking. Opponents said the bill moved through the legislature too fast, without enough public input. They said it will hurt the environment and could poison drinking water.

The House changes to the bill would give the Mining and Energy Commission final say over the decisions in the permitting process, with the power to pre-empt any local ordinances banning fracking.

Sen. Bob Rucho is a sponsor of the original bill. Rucho says he liked the changes the House made and expects his chamber to agree to them.

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