Skip to comments.Anti-fracking protesters arrested in U.S. capital
Posted on 07/14/2014 2:29:51 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
(Reuters) - Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington on Monday while demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing and the U.S. gas industry's push to sell "fracked" liquefied natural gas abroad.
Protesters blocked entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's headquarters for more than 90 minutes, holding signs calling the agency the "Fracking Expansion Rubberstamp Commission" and chanting "Wake up FERC."
Some workers were forced to step over the protesters to access the government building's main entrance. Police eventually began directing FERC employees around the protesters to an alternate doorway.
The sit-in, organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, also left confused motorists shut out of the driveway adjacent to FERC.
The climate activist group is one of several across the country that have led protests against what it terms "the toxic impacts of fracking" - the oil and gas drilling technique that has helped the United States become the top natural gas producer in the world and opened the door to substantial U.S. gas exports.
Environmentalists have raised concerns that the use of fracking has fouled drinking water, polluted the air and contributed to global warming.
Monday's demonstration followed a larger march on FERC on Sunday against LNG exports and the proposed construction of an LNG export terminal and gas liquefaction plant near a densely populated residential area in Maryland.
Activists at the FERC sit-in said they hoped their protests would help the issue gain more prominence.
"We're trying to make this a higher priority for everyone, so everyone will up their action and their involvement with the issue," said Cathy Strickler, a retired high school counselor from Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Green groups have called on FERC to not issue any more permits authorizing the construction of LNG export plants until a thorough assessment of potential climate change impacts is completed.
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I expect improper spelling from this source, but just a reminder...
The word is spelled “fracing”.
Of course, I’m sure that they all rode bicycles or walked to get there.
Surely not a hugh bus, or a bunch of personal vehicles.
I consider these people traitors who are actively trying to destroy our economy and the country. The police should be clubbing this riffraff.
Environmental protestors will never be happy. Al Gore could invent a car made from recycled good intentions that runs on hope and turns Carbon in to unicorn rainbows.
And carbon. One of the most common elements in the universe. The watermelons sure know how to run a scam.
“We’re trying to make this a higher priority for everyone, so everyone will up their action and their involvement with the issue,” said Cathy Strickler, a retired high school counselor from Harrisonburg, Virginia. “
In other words a tenured moron.
Two dozen people and it’s a Reuters headline? Move along folks, no bias here.
For those who want to see a video showing how horizontal drilling and fracking is done, Northern Gas and Oil has a great one. Its 6 minutes.
It includes a visual piece on how fresh water aquifers are protected from contamination.