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Demonstrators Hold Anti-Fracking Rally

Dressed hazmat suits and carrying signs depicting dolphins and sea turtles, protesters marched near where the California Coastal Commission is meeting in Long Beach.

Twitter photo of the anti-fracking rally held in Long Beach today.
Twitter photo of the anti-fracking rally held in Long Beach today.

Anti-fracking activists wearing hazmat suits and carrying signs depicting dolphins and sea turtles rallied in Long Beach today to ask the California Coastal Commission to end the controversial oil extraction method off the coast.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is the practice of injecting wells with a high-pressure solution to crack geologic structures to free oil and natural gas and force residual oil deposits to the surface.

Critics say fracking can contaminate groundwater supplies and cause other environmental problems.

The protest took place at Long Beach City Hall, where the California Coastal Commission is meeting through Thursday. While fracking is not on the commission's agenda, activists with the Center for Biological Diversity planned to speak during public comment.

"It's a toxic and dangerous practice and it poses a serious threat to our air, health, water, climate and ecosystem," said Hillary Aidun of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Activists, including Aidun, say more than 200 wells have been fracked off California's coast, which endangers marine life.

"We can't allow an increased risk of some kind of accident like the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill to be taking place off the coast," Aidun said.

State law requires regulations to be developed to govern fracking by next year.

Previously, Coastal Commission staff members have said the commission is exploring whether any regulations on fracking apply to offshore drilling, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

--City News Service

Joe Galliani March 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Thanks to all the great representative of the cowardly, run-away-from-danger climate change deniers. If you had been at Pearl Harbor, we'd all be speaking Japanese right now. Luckily there are enough patriots left who are not afraid of the danger and who will run towards the hazard to fight for America's future. Meanwhile the Fox News parroting lemmings are too scared to stand up and stand against the threat. The French used to call people like that Vichy. I stand with the 97% of science and the reality based world.
John Starks March 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM
@Joe. Bro you're the one that's a coward. I told you: say that stuff to my face man. Who's the coward bra? Do you even lift?
laura cipollari March 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Starks - you're stark raving mad. try lifting a book, bra.
John Starks March 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM
@laura Do you even read? Or do you just get information from the daily show and spew it out of your butt as your own. Why are you trifling with me?
martin marteen March 16, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Hot and heavy. I generally find that the "truth"lies somewhere in between. We must accept the facts, good and bad. However we must make reasonable decisions based on realistic needs. Those who want to minimize use of fossil fuels, I am with you. But it seems you have the wrong approach. I also agree with those who are in favor of fracking. How to reconcile the diametrically opposed views? You must control population, you must control utilization, control waste, and the rest will come naturally. No demand will lead to no fracking, peacefully. Those who oppose being exposed to second hand smoke, are also the ones that spew out the most pollution into the air by driving huge SUV's for miles and miles daily, negating their goal and seem disingenuous. Same with a host of other issues. On that of that they create a hypochondriacal society, who ask for more and more health care, and then wonder why health care prices keep going up, and blame Hospitals or Drs. or any one "else". None of us are perfect nor is whatever we espouse.

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