On Saturday, July 28th, more than 5,000 people rallied on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC, and then marched through the streets of DC as part of the Stop the Frack Attack Rally.
This was the first-ever national rally on fracking. "Fracking," a violent process that dislodges gas deposits from shale rock formations, is known to contaminate drinking water, pollute the air, and cause earthquakes.
"Our call to action, in concert with over 130 other organizations, was to demand that no more drilling harm our public health, water and air," said Deb Nardone, Director of the Sierra Club Beyond Natural Gas Campaign. "Elected officials and public agencies must put communities and the environment first, starting with removing special exemptions and subsidies for the oil and gas industry, while ushering in clean, renewable energy."
The natural gas industry is powerful. Everyday we hear their rhetoric -- "there's never been any water contamination due to hydraulic fracturing", and "the chemicals we use are the same as in your shampoo." Yet, everyday WE get to see the results: roads ...