The N.C. League of Conservation Voters just sent out an announcement about three upcoming meetings and public forums on the topic of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the process of mining for natural gas.

– March 14, 6 p.m., Cary (no address provided) — ‘citizen activists’ training by Environment NC and Public Interest Network; for info, contact

– March 15, 7 p.m., Raleigh — talk on ‘Facts About Fracking’; hosted by Capitol Group Sierra Club at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue; click here for more info.

– March 23, 7:45 p.m., Buies Creek — “Exploration for Natural Gas and the Future of NC, a Scientific Perspective,” a moderated forum; sponsored by Campbell University, 56 Main St., Buies Creek, at the Turner Auditorium in D. Rich Hall

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will also hold two meetings this month to present its draft report on fracking and take public comments:

– March 20, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford
– March 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill