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Spear reports: "More than 5,000 people from all over the nation, and various parts of the world including Australia, united today on the West lawn of the US Capitol demanding Congress take immediate action to stop fracking."

Thousands gathered to demonstrate against hydraulic fracturing in Washington. (photo: EcoWatch)
Thousands gathered to demonstrate against hydraulic fracturing in Washington. (photo: EcoWatch)

Over 5,000 People March in DC to Protest Fracking

By Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch

29 July 12


ore than 5,000 people from all over the nation, and various parts of the world including Australia, united today on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol demanding Congress take immediate action to stop fracking. After the rally that began at 2 p.m., rally participants marched for more than one hour, stopping at the headquarters of the America's Natural Gas Alliance and American Petroleum Institute.

People impacted by fracking in their communities joined forces with 136 local and national organizations to call on Congress to Stop the Frack Attack and protect Americans from the dangerous impacts of fracking.

Rally speakers included, Bill McKibben, co-founder of; Josh Fox, producer of Gasland; Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas; Allison Chin, board president of the Sierra Club, and community members from swing states affected by fracking.

"As the increasingly bizarre weather across the planet and melting ice on Greenland makes clear, at this point we've got no choice but to keep fossil fuels underground. Fracking to find more is the worst possible idea," said McKibben.

"The amazing thing about this problem is that there's a solution… We know that we can run the world on renewable energy. We know that we can run the world on the wind. And today, we have a reminder that we can run the world on the sun," said Fox.

Today's rally was part of the first national event to stop the frack attack. The rally is the culmination of three days of training to further escalate the movement to stop abuse by the fossil fuel industry. Large groups from swing states including Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania and North Carolina attended the training and rally to make sure that fracking is a key part of the upcoming election.

"Just weeks ago in North Carolina, our legislature ripped up decades of groundwater protections for rural drinking water, in order to allow fracking and invite in dirty industry campaign dollars. So we add our voices to the national movement calling on Congress to protect our homes, our drinking water and our health by repealing the 2005 oil and gas exemptions," said Hope Taylor, a farmer near Durham and executive director of Clean Water for NC.

Rally participants have three key demands: an end to dirty and dangerous fracking, closure of the seven legal loopholes that let frackers in the oil and gas industry ignore the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and full enforcement of existing laws to protect families and communities from the effects of fracking.

"It is time for us to come together as a people and let the law makers that work for us know that we are tired of being run over by the out-of-control oil and gas industry," said Tillman.

While at the headquarters of America's Natural Gas Alliance, rally organizers delivered six jugs of contaminated water in hazmat suits and then headed to the American Petroleum Institute where a 20-foot-high mock oil rig was smashed to the ground.

This event was a launching point for the movement, and will be followed by events in Albany, NY on Aug. 25, Philadelphia on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, and subsequent events in other states and regions affected by fracking. your social media marketing partner


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+19 # giraffee2012 2012-07-29 10:58
And will the local militarized police be in Albany, Philadelphia to greet the movement? Who pays for the police to stop any group that is not part of the "citizens united"? Answer: Members of "citizens united" - i.e. Koch (would be king) and their cohorts in ALEC etc.

And who gave ALEC/KOCH (etc) the power? The RATS in the Supreme Court under the unconstitutiona l ruling of $$ = freedom of speech (rationalized by the RATS that corporations are people - the most absurd visual)

Vote Obama for President or the RATS will expand with another R(oberts) A(lito) T(homas) S(calia)
+11 # Glen 2012-07-29 11:22
Hadn't thought about that,giraffee. Be interesting to see the response.

I'm all for going to a particular fracking site and giving 'em hell. I certainly would if it comes up around here.
+7 # JanetW 2012-07-29 16:04
Has Obama done anything to stop all the fracking that's been happening for the last four years? I realize it's been going on for many more years prior, but still he could have taken a stand against it plenty of times now... I'm very cynical about national politics. Both sides are owned by these mega corporations. Both Republicans and Democrats are taking money from the oil and gas industries. We are not being given a true choice (heaven forbid!) because the status quo wants to keep the status quo. Duh! Neither party wants to answer publicly (like on tv or in other media) this key question: "who are you beholding to?" Obama doesn't want to say no to fracking. He hasn't stood up against it so far, why would that change if we vote for him?
-2 # VLR 2012-07-30 07:56
I think the better question would be, "For which candidate of whatever party will you (JanetW) vote and promote the platform?" It's not enough to ask to who they are beholden to (like we don't know), espress disgust, and leave it at that. We don't need to go there yet again. I mean, it's not like we haven't heard the "both parties suck" complaint about a trillion times. The Green Party candidates don't measure up--neither do they have connections or influence, and they seem unable to consolidate themselves at LOCAL levels. No, it's gotta be the White House or nothing. So what's a voter to do? Sit and whine?
+6 # Street Level 2012-07-29 19:37
I just watched "Gasland" last night. Although I had been aware of fracking for awhile, the movie answered some questions and raised new ones.
The effects of fracking are devastating on so many levels. Don't think that you are safe because fracking is not happening in your state, county or town. No one will escape the pollutants, gasses, poisoned residue let alone the sheer usage of trillions of gallons of water that is wasted and contaminated.
And then the denial from the energy companies followed by the bald-faced lies.
These guys know it's poisonous and they just lie and put the burden of proof on the citizens. And then they still lie.
The only reason I would vote for Obama is because of SCOTUS. If Romney wins, forget about ever reigning in SCOTUS.
+5 # Willman 2012-07-29 20:56
The replicscum deny human cased climate change.
They deny GMO and chemicals in our food supply dangers. They deny fracking dangers.They deny offshore banking dangers as well as citizens are corporations dangers.
They embrace voting fraud dangers as well as the latest bogeymen dangers.
They don't deny the danger of closed mindedness either.

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