Updated 06/27/2012 06:07 PM
Fracking protesters get booted from Talisman
Fracking protesters took to the lawn of Talisman Energy to voice their concerns about the hydrofracking industry. Though the protest was peaceful, police later booted them off the property. As our Lara Greenberg tells us, this is just the beginning of the fracking protests the Shaleshock Direct Action Group has planned for the summer.
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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- More than 100 people chanted, sang and marched their way around the Talisman Energy office in Horseheads Wednesday. Their message? Preventing hydrofracking from coming to New York State.
"Our fresh water has made this region ripe for agriculture, dairy farms and vineyards. Hydraulic fracturing would put an end to New York State as we know it."
Talisman Energy is an oil and gas company with a regional office in Horseheads. But they do much of their work in neighboring Pennsylvania. Something protesters say should be stopped.
"They also have an outstanding number of violations in Pennsylvania, over 300 violations. They also dumped between 4,000 and 6,000 gallons of fracking fluid into the Tioga River, poisoning watersheds, poisoning communities," said protest co-organizer Nell Gagnon.
But it was the protesters who were stopped Wednesday, when New York State Police and the Chemung County Sheriff's Office came to the Talisman office to get them off the property. No arrests were made and the protest was peaceful. But it was on private property.
Protesters consider it a success since they voiced concerns to a company directly involved in hydrofracking.
"What they do in other states is an indication of what they'll do here. We know that they have over 300 violations in a less number of wells. If that's the record in Pennsylvania, what's their record going to be here?" said Spikes Jones of Allegany County.
That's a question they're not willing to put to the test.
Our calls to Talisman Energy were not returned for comment.
The protest ended shortly after police came.