Pierce County residents petition against federal project via WRAL.com

— Pierce County residents who fear a proposed federal project might be a step toward nuclear waste disposal in the area are circulating a petition aimed at showing their concern.

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The Pierce County Commission last week placed a moratorium on deep bore hole drilling in the county and scheduled a Feb. 16 public meeting to further discuss the project. Project opponents in the meantime are collecting petition signatures, KXMC-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1SFL0or ).

“I keep (the petition) in my back pocket and as I travel around Pierce County and the Rugby area and the surrounding communities, we’re going to be out talking to the people and getting their support on the petition to stop the project,” farmer Dallas Hager said.

Chuck Volk, who farms less than 2 miles from the proposed drilling site, said he asked 117 people at a recent farm show to sign the petition, and 114 of them did.

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