Anti-fracking rally set Wednesday in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Local groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing are having a rally Wednesday in the city as part of a national day of protests.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process in which sand, water and chemicals are pumped into shale at high pressure to release natural gas and oil trapped within the rock thousands of feet underground.

The event begins at 3 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown at 1105 Elm St. on the city’s North Side.

At the church, there will be a showing of the 18-minute film by Gasland filmmaker, Josh Fox, “The Sky is Pink,” which features Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Council president. Shields will be a speaker at the rally. Civil rights activist, historian, author, and lawyer Staughton Lynd, will speak at Stambaugh Auditorium after the film.

The march will then go to a site where abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison arrived, by canal boat, in Youngstown in 1847. After a brief speech commemorating that occasion, marchers will continue their procession and gather outside of Youngstown City Hall on South Phelps Street to conclude the march.

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