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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Global Frackdown action: LIVE UPDATES

Global Frackdown action: LIVE UPDATESpponents of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" hold placards during a rally in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, on September 25, 2013 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)pponents of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" hold placards during a rally in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, on September 25, 2013 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)

Activists from 26 countries are taking to the streets on Saturday to protest fracking technologies that extract hydrocarbons by pumping pressurized chemicals underground. They say fracking contaminates groundwater and hastens climate change.

Saturday, October 18

 11:30 GMT: The benefits of hydraulic fracturing in terms of job creation and meeting energy demands have been drastically exaggerated, while the consequences of the controversial practice could prove cataclysmic, geopolitical commentator Ian Crane told RT. Crane says that while only a minute number of jobs will be created over the next two days as a result of fracking, the ecological consequences will be far graver.

“I think the thing that should be put above everything else is the protection of the water supply. Because if we don’t have access to fresh water, we’re talking about the potential end of all life. As for the jobs and as for the gas…at what price? The end of ecology or the end of life on earth as we know it?”
10:45 GMT: Anti-fracking activists are gathering in London. They are going to picket Lord John Browne’s company, a businessman and advisor to the UK government, who champions the idea of 'dash for gas'.
“We're now writing messages to Lord Browne asking him to resign from the cabinet office and stop fracking our future,” the protesters tweeted.

At least 13 separate protest gatherings are scheduled for Saturday in UK cities, including Belfast, Glastonbury, Manchester and Preston.
09:10 GMT: An online petition calling on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which used pepper spray and tear gas against First Nations anti-franking demonstration, to pledge it will not use excessive force against peaceful protest, has been signed by over 21,000 people since its publication on Friday.
05:56 GMT: Developing fracking technologies and extracting previously inaccessible hydrocarbon reserves is the absolutely opposite direction to where the world should move, environmental activist Rose Braz told RT.