Conservationists, Native Leaders Protest Fracking During Pittsburgh Shale Conference

Protesters ask for clean water and a stop to fracking

Shelby Cassesse
October 24, 2018 - 4:25 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A group of local conservationists and Native American leaders marched down Liberty Avenue Wednesday to call for an end to expanding fossil fuel development.

An estimated 100 people marched near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center where the SHALE INSIGHT™ Conference continues through Thursday.

The Breathe Project's Michele Fetting called Shale a "sham."

"When you look at the damage, the health costs of our community, it's really not a winning situation with the exception for the companies that are here. We really want to pursue renewable energy, clean energy. We have that technology."

The protests are a part of "Defend Our Water - Day of Action," which included several speakers and a Native water ceremony. 

Degawenodas, a speaker and member of the Seneca Nation, told the group they have responsibility to speak for the environment.

"It's our responsibility to ensure the safety of the natural world, to ensure that it has the ability to perpetuate into the future."

The protest also stopped outside of Pittsburgh-based EQT, a petroleum and natural gas exploration and pipeline transport company.