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‘We say no to shale gas’: World unites against fracking

Published time: October 20, 2013 01:51
Edited time: December 24, 2013 15:06

People demonstrate in streets of Montelimar, southern France, on October 19, 2013, to protest against the exploitation of shale gas and oil. (AFP Photo / Jeff Pachoud)

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Activists from 26 countries participated in around 250 protests on Saturday to demonstrate against fracking technologies, which they say contaminate groundwater and hasten climate change.

Global Frackdown, an annual event that takes place on October 19, targets fracking – a process used to extract hydrocarbons by pumping pressurized chemicals underground.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of cities across the globe.

Around 1,000 protesters in Pungesti, Romania protested against US oil giant Chevron’s plan to start drilling outside the village. Although the energy firm received permission from the local authority, concerned locals have come together to take a stand against the potential health and environmental risks posed by hydraulic fracturing in the region.

The protesters shouted, "Chevron, go home" and "We say no to shale gas."

Chevron suspended work on Thursday in response to three-day protests in the area. Still, activists continue to demonstrate.

Men ride horses around a makeshift well during a protest against plans by U.S. oil major Chevron to search for shale gas in Pungesti, 340 km (211 miles) northeast of Bucharest October 19, 2013. (Reuters / Bogdan Cristel)

Peaceful anti-fracking protests were also held in the northern Canadian town of Yellowknife.

Around 250 demonstrators gathered in three Canadian cities in New Brunswick. Approximately 100 protesters blocked one lane of the highway near the town of Rexton.

Tensions also rose in New Brunswick on Thursday when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) moved in to take down barriers erected by members of the Elsipogtog First Nation tribe, arresting at least 40 people. Activists and local aboriginals have held demonstrations for a week to protest shale gas exploration in the region.

Dozens of demonstrations were also held across the US on Saturday. Residents of Pennsylvania stood in solidarity with Canada’s Elsipogtog First Nation in their fight against fracking. Dozens of protesters took to the streets near Raritan River in New Jersey, while others gathered in New York.

California activists marched and participated in a bike event to protest against fracking near Ballona Creek. A demonstration was also held in the city of Oakland.

Earlier in the day, activists joined protests in the UK, Spain, France, and Ireland.

People demonstrate in streets of Montelimar, southern France, on October 19, 2013, to protest against the exploitation of shale gas and oil. (AFP Photo / Jeff Pachoud)

At least 13 separate demonstrations were held throughout UK cities on Saturday, including Belfast, Glastonbury, Manchester, and Preston.

Experts have been weighing in on the issue. Geopolitical commentator Ian Crane told RT that the benefits of hydraulic fracturing in terms of job creation and meeting energy demands have been drastically exaggerated – and that the consequences of the controversial practice could prove cataclysmic.

“I think the thing that should be put above everything else is the protection of the water supply. Because if we don’t have access to fresh water, we’re talking about the potential end of all life. As for the jobs and as for the gas…at what price? The end of ecology or the end of life on earth as we know it?”

People demonstrate in streets of Montelimar, southern France, on October 19, 2013, to protest against the exploitation of shale gas and oil. (AFP Photo / Jeff Pachoud)

Comments (34)


Rob42 24.11.2013 13:06

40,000 gallons of water per fracture.

6 00 (give or take) chemicals (many of which are carcinogens) per fracture

Th ere have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water.

Reso urces can't be posted; sorry. :/


Rob42 24.11.2013 12:31

Vernon Yarker 21.10.2013 21:09

One thing the anti fracking lobby are not short of is imagination and duff facts. Todate nobody has suffered ill health injured as a result of fracking...
Inci dentally, the chemicals used are mainly salts, and soaps and citric acid ...


You clearly have no idea about the subject and should do your research before posting.


Mathew Ittycheria 22.10.2013 13:23

More power to the donkey-rider Liam. To hasten that process I suggest you stop riding or driving any fossil fuel powered transportation today, dig your own well and draw your warmer, cut grass for your donkey by hand, maybe use his dung to warm your dark mud hut, go hunting for game to get your food since there will be no stores that are supplied by transportation, in short go back to the 10 century BC. But you can breathe in the clean air every morning, freezing to your bones in the winter! More power to you sir!

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