Thousands head to Capitol Hill to protest fracking Special
On Saturday, thousands were expected to arrive on Capitol Hill to protest the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or perhaps more commonly known as, fracking.
The rally took place on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol building, as many gathered together in Washington D.C. on a sweltering day to share their views the hot topic of hydraulic fracturing.
Prior to the 2 p.m. start of the "Stop the Frack Attack" rally, people could be observed carrying signs and wearing t-shirts. They arrived by foot, bus and via the nearby Union Station. All there for one common purpose, to protest the controversial oil and gas extraction procedure known as "fracking".
Fracking is a process that relies on the use of high-pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals, which are used to break through rock to release the oil and gas inside.
Many of the protestors appeared to be from New York
, carrying signs aimed at the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo, is currently facing the big decision
of whether or not to allow fracking to commence in New York state.
Many New Yorkers do not agree with the practice, and want the governor to consider the potential negative health and environmental repercussions
if he allows fracking to commence.
Many in the various groups that joined together as one carried signs with slogans such as "Don't frack with our water", "Clean energy now", "Ban fracking now", "Keep the frack out of my water", and "Spill baby spill", to name a few.
Others wore different signs that carried chemical symbols denoting the contamination the protestors say affect the environment.
Advocates of fracking say a couple of the primary benefits of fracking
include increased oil/gas to create energy and the addition of many jobs. This reporter saw no advocates at the rally, but an attendee told this reporter he saw a couple of "boos" to the activists off on the side.
Some say the dangers of fracking are overstated
To add to the controversy, Outcome Magazine
reported this weekend, " A university study that claimed fracking for gas deep beneath the Earth’s surface did not cause water contamination was led by a U.S. professor with financial ties to the gas industry, a watchdog group said Friday."
After the rally, the groups had planned to march at 3:30 p.m. to the headquarters of America's Natural Gas Alliance and the American Petroleum Institute.