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Groups plan “Global Frackdown” Sept. 22

Dozens of organizations worldwide are sponsoring an event for Sept. 22 called the “Global Frackdown,” to protest the hydraulic fracturing method of natural gas extraction.

According to the event’s Website: “The Global Frackdown will unite concerned citizens everywhere for a day of action on September 22, 2012 to send a message to elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future fueled by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping millions of gallons of water underground, breaking up subterranean rock formations and releasing natural gas.

It’s controversial because the fracking water contains toxic chemicals, including the carcinogen benzene, and environmentalists are afraid it may contaminate drinking water supplies. Other concerns include air pollution and the release of dangerous methane levels, which can cause home explosions.

The Global Frackdown Website touts a number of accomplishments that anti-fracking activists have achieved in the past year, which include getting more than 200 local measures to ban fracking passed across the United States, including state-level legislation in Vermont; stopping fracking in Bulgaria and France; and preventing plans to open the Delaware River Basin to fracking.

The Marcellus Shale — a rock formation that extends into parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia – is a domestic fracking area that’s generated a good deal of protest, because of its high population and its status as a major source of the nation’s drinking water.

Lopez McHugh is investigating injuries related to natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve. If you have significant injuries, contact a Lopez McHugh attorney for a free evaluation.

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