Thousands rallied on the West lawn of the Capitol, then marched to the American Natural Gas Association (ANGA) to protest the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. A coalition of environmental and anti-fracking groups organized the protest, called Stop the Frack Attack.
A method of extracting natural gas, fracking causes environmental damage by injecting toxic chemicals at high pressure into shale which can leach into aquifers. The oil and gas industry is stepping up its use of this resource-intensive method, while the full environmental and health impacts are still unknown.
Meanwhile, the energy industry paid Twitter to promote tweets like this:
- Stop the Frack Attack Lobby Day (ecowatch.org)