RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Environmental advocacy groups are touring North Carolina with a series of short cautionary films about hydraulic fracturing drilling.

The groups are showing the documentaries in Fayetteville on Saturday. By the end of the tour that runs through June, they will have visited a dozen communities from Wilmington to Asheville. They say the documentaries show the health and environmental effects of the drilling method also known as fracking.

The groups presenting the films include Clean Water for North Carolina, The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Appalachian Voices and Working Films.

North Carolina’s Legislature and governor have cleared the way for fracking in the state, though a legal battle is currently preventing the issuing of permits. Proponents say the method can be done safely and will boost jobs through cheaper energy.