Local Environmentalist Group Heads to DC to Protest Fracking

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

July 13, 2014

Members of Central Virginia 350.org, a group focused on protecting the earth's climate, filed onto a bus Sunday morning headed to Washington D.C.

They want to stop fracking and gas exports at Cove Point in Maryland, which is on the Chesapeake Bay.

The Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) has been looking in to turning that area at Cove Point into a natural gas exporting facility.

They hope a protest at the nation’s capital will end those plans.
“This rally in DC today is to go to FERC and say ‘no we do not want to export natural gas from the United States to other parts of the world’,” says Frances Racette, Central Virginia 350.org.

“It's poisoning the water, making the earth unstable and people's lives are immediately at risk because of this,” says Jacob Herrin, William and Mary student who is part of the Student Environmental Action Committee.

The group wants to use renewable energy resources like wind and solar power instead.

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