Fracking is a hotly debated subject in West Virginia. One volunteer organization is out to educate citizens about it.

The West Virginia Host Farms organization led Maryland residents on a six-hour tour Sunday to help them learn about the gas and fracking industry throughout the state. 

“When I can bring groups from other states and other areas where they have not started drilling yet, and they can see what it really looks like, then it’s educational and that’s what I’m about,” said Diane Pitcock, program administrator. “I started the West Virginia Host Farms program as a way to get researchers and journalists and people here to study the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling.”

The program has been open since the end of 2012. If you would like to attend a tour call West Virginia Host Farms at (304) 873-3764.