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Springfield Rally to Oppose Fracking

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- A rally gathered outside Springfield’s City Hall on Thursday with the purpose of gaining support to ban fracking.

Fracking is a process of drilling that fractures rocks and releases oil and gas. While it’s popular in some areas of the country, it’s not happening in the Baystate yet. To prevent it, state lawmakers are looking at a bill that will put a 10-year ban on the practice.

“The public will think that we are solving a problem that we are too dependent on foreign oil and gas. If we can find it at home, isn’t that a lot better? But as we just heard pulling it out of the ground is an extremely destructive process and on top of it puts us on the wrong track,” says Dr. Jens Christiansen, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

Today fracking opponents shared stories from people all across the country who claim their health was impacted. The nearby Hartford basin may be suitable for fracking.

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