Anti-drilling protest set for Saturday

ktanner@thetribunenews.comMay 17, 2013 

North Coast residents concerned about offshore oil drilling are invited to gather in front of Shamel Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, for a 15-minute “Hands Across the Sand” event at noon.

It’s to be part of a nationwide, even worldwide, statement about dangers posed by drilling for oil in the sea and other sensitive areas.

As organizers write at http://bit.ly/JP7Y6h, the Hands Across the Sand/Land movement “crosses political affiliations and the borders of the world,” and isn’t about politics, but is instead “about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries … preserving our precious drinking water, air and food.

“The damage that continues to happen in offshore oil drilling accidents, the dangerous process of hydraulic fracturing, the tragedy of the Alberta tar sands mining, mountain-top removal mining and the continuing proliferation of coal-fired power plants are a threat to all of the above.”

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