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"Fracktivists" from more than 100 organizations and community groups are joining forces with celebrity supporters to demand that Congress put a stop to fracking.
The "Stop the Frack Attack" campaign is organizing a rally on July 28, 2012 in Washington, DC to speak out against the natural gas extraction practice of hydraulic fracturing and the ways that it is harmful to public health, water and air quality, and the climate. The coalition includes environmental nonprofits like the Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch, as well as environmental leaders and celebrities, including Bill McKibben, Josh Fox, Mark Ruffalo, Lois Gibbs and Pete Seeger. Organizers aim to bring the stories of those who are personally impacted by fracking to lawmakers in order to stop dangerous fracking; close legal loopholes that exempt the oil and gas industry from parts of the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts; and implement a pathway towards 100% clean renewable energy.
While the growing stop-fracking movement has been actively raising awareness of extreme energy development at the local and state level – most notably in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio – Stop the Frack Attack will be the first large-scale National Day of Action that focuses on federal energy policy. The campaign is asking concerned citizens to gather at the Capitol to send a message to President Obama, elected officials, and agencies like the EPA that fracking is "putting oil and gas drilling profits ahead of public health, clean water and air and the safety of our communities."
Learn more about Stop the Frack Attack
Read an endorsement of the rally from Ted Glick, National Policy Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Climate Access member.
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