Anti-Fracking Rally kicks off on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol
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If you passed through Downtown Boise Saturday afternoon, you may have noticed some protesters out on the Statehouse steps.
They were a part of ‘Global Frackdown,’ a day where anti-fracking protesters are spreading the message to support a ban on fracking.
On Saturday, organizers said anti-fracking demonstrations took place on about 150 different locations around the world. Protesters cheered in agreement as the speaker of the rally talked about how fracking can threaten our water, air and overall environment.
‘Fracking’ is short for hydraulic fracturing, which is a process of fracturing rocks with a fluid, containing water and various chemicals. Protesters said there is a good chance the chemicals could contaminate the water. Meanwhile, groups that support hydraulic fracturing said some of those chemicals can be seen in our homes every day, and there's nothing to worry about.
However, protesters aren't convinced and told us they’re concerned the chemicals could get into our drinking water.
Right now, there are studies that show fracking can hurt the environment, but there are also others that show fracking is mostly safe.
If “fracking” is done in Idaho, supporters say it will be developed in a safe responsible matter. However, protesters said they want to use the rally to spread awareness, so people can take the facts and make a decision on their own.