|In this March 29, 2013, file photo, workers stand atop water tanks while they help keep an eye on water pressure and temperature at a hydraulic fracturing operation outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Two new rules intended to ease tensions over fracking in Colorado will have limited impact, affecting only about 1 percent of the drilling in the state, according to an analysis by state regulators. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is to hold hearings starting Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, on proposals designed to address complaints that arise as Colorado’s growing suburbs and oilfields collide. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Activists in about a dozen U.S. states are having a day of action to highlight concerns about potential environmental and health effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a high-pressure technique for extracting oil and gas from shale deposits.
The Youngstown, Ohio-based Frackfree America National Coalition organized Tuesday's events, including rallies in a number of Ohio counties. Some Youngstown-area earthquakes have been tied to fracking or the deep-injection of fracking wastewater.
Elsewhere, planned actions included rallies, press conferences, full-page newspaper ads and film screenings. Activists were participating in Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Environmentalists and others point to seismic activity and potential water contamination from fracking, while the energy industry says the process has been used safely for years.