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    Get The Frack Out


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CNN's Chris Parks, who works in Technical Operations in Washington, photographed protesters rallying Wednesday at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission headquarters in Washington. The protesters are opposed to the recent federal approval of Dominion Cove Point to export natural gas from the Lusby, Maryland, facility. These photos were taken on Wednesday, November 5.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Protests continued in Washington D.C. today as protesters rallied at FERC headquarters. FERC, which stands for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is under fire from environmentalists and concerned citizens about their issuance of permits for the proposed expansion of the facility at Dominion Cove Point in Lusby, Maryland. Cove Point is of particular interest to protesters because it is a gas storage facility as well as an importer of liquefied natural gas. If this location were to export gas as planned, the concerns vary from fracking to an increase in price for natural gas consumers. According to their website, https://sites.google.com/site/beyondextremeenergy/join-the-action, protesters are also at issue with several other gas sites including, Myersville, MD, Minisink, NY, and Seneca Lake, NY. Protests have been held outside the headquarters of FERC since November 1st and plan to continue through November 7th. A similar protest website, http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org, states that they will “non-violently sit in at FERC’s main headquarters in D.C and block two of their main entrances.”

    Fracking is the process in which water is mixed with sand and various chemicals in order to crack shale rocks in order to release natural gas. This has caused much controversy across the nation due to its heavy negative effects on the environment. Potential chemical leakage into residential drinking water has been documented as well as on-site explosions. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stated that their “approval of this proposal would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment”.

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