Occupiers, meet anti-frackers. Anti-frackers, meet Occupiers.
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 PennLive.com 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 PennLive.com. “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.