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Anti-fracking rally underway in Albany, joining cities worldwide

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Saturday is the "Global Frackdown" worldwide day of Action against fracking and residents in the Capital Region gathered for the day in Townsend Park.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a national issue regarding the process of injecting water, sand, and chemicals underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This releases extra oil and gas so it is able flow into the well.

Those opposed to fracking say it is harmful to the environment as well as people as some of the chemicals used are known to cause cancer.  They also say land needs to be cleared in order to access new roads and sites for wells.

In September, Siena College released a poll showing 45 percent of New York voters oppose hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and 37 percent support it.

 

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