Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Occupy Well Street: Anti-fracking groups meet Occupiers

Occupiers, meet anti-frackers. Anti-frackers, meet Occupiers.

Effluent from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant is discharged into the Niagara River on Feb. 17. At least one city upstate from New York is considering taking Marcellus Shale wastewater at its treatment plant to raise revenue. (David Duprey - AP)
A new movement has emerged in Pennsylvania called “Occupy Well Street,” to protest hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the extraction of oil and gas by creating fissures in rocks and rock formations.

They’re particularly interested in stopping drilling of the Marcellus Shale, a sedimentary rock that extends throughout eastern North America, including Pennsylvania.

Occupy Well Street protester Alexander Lotorto told that the protesters may try to shut down drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale. Efforts might include a peaceful sit-in, discussions with the police, gas workers and the media, and, he said, even having money ready for bail.

“It’s unfortunate that any group has to resort to nonviolent direct action,” Lotorto told “It’s unfortunate the gas industry mocks us. . . . I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but I do want to show what we’re willing to risk.”

An anti-fracking pledge of resistance posted on the site has almost 200 signees.

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