UT slows fracking proposal, to meet with opponents

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AWVLT?P) --UT officials want the state to hold off on approving its proposal to allow fracking on university land on the Cumberland Plateau.

A subcommittee of the State Building Commission was to have taken up the proposal Thursday in Nashville. Instead UT sought a deferral.

Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington says he wants to "let people have their say."

Environmental groups, including the Southern Environmental Law Center and the newly formed Frack-Free Tennessee, were at the meeting and said they were relieved by the postponement.

UT wants state approval to seek bidders for companies to drill natural gas wells in Scott and Morgan counties.


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