UT proposal to allow fracking of natural gas wells halted

(AP) A proposal by the University of Tennessee to allow natural gas wells to be drilled on land it owns on the Cumberland Plateau has been halted.

The school put the brakes on the project, which was put out to bid in June and has received only one response: a no-bid.

The proposal has generated controversy because it will involve a process known as fracking to extract the gas. Energy companies use the procedure to remove gas or oil from rock formations by forcing liquids underground at high pressure. Those opposed to the effort cite concerns that the process could pose to the environment.

UT forest manager Kevin Hoyt said in a statement that any further action would be up to UT Institute of Agriculture leadership.

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