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The Triassic belt is quite a slice of old times. In Lee County it runs on or near the surface until about two miles south of Sanford, then dips beneath a layer of volcanic slate. Over the years, mining this belt has been important to Lee's industry.
Historians says Lee County is a young county - the 98th of North Carolina's 100. But geologists say that out of the depths of the earth rise exhibits from nature's antique shop: the great sandstone and shale belt of Triassic formation.
Sanford, NC once were in favor of allowing fracking in their town, but now oppose the drilling. Residents are opposed to compulsory pooling which would allow corporations to drill on their land even if they oppose the drilling. Residents are concerned about property rights and keeping their water supply safe. Fracking may still continue as a moratorium on the practice has been lifted by the state and the Mining and Energy Commission is preparing draft regulations which could permit fracking in early 2015.