RENO, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV)--A sale of land leases for oil and gas drilling near Battle Mountain is causing a protest in front of the Bureau of Land Management's Reno office Thursday.
The sale of these land leases may include hydraulic fracturing in the future. This type of oil and gas exploration and development has sparked a lot of controversy."It's just a very multi-dimensional issue and we want people to know what's going on so we can protect Nevada now and for future generations," Dawn Harris said. Dawn was one of several demonstrators who stood outside of BLM's Reno Office.
Supporters of Frack Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking held up signs to get their message across. They don't want hydraulic fracturing done on land near them. They believe it's vital to protect the groundwater, land, animals and residents, and want others to say no to fracking.
A spokesman for the BLM says hydraulic fracturing is one of the many techniques oils and gas companies can use to extract oil, and there is a lengthy process before that process can even begin.
"The leasing is just the first step in the process, any additional environmental analysis will be done before a producer actually goes in and starts a well," said Chris Rose, a spokesman for the BLM.
Some demonstrators are already looking ahead at the possible ramifications.
"As a mom, I'm terrified what that means for our drinking water, and the water that they re inject back into our aquifer," Adrienne Snow said. Snow and her family live in a house that's surrounded by land that was up for auction Thursday. If hydraulic fracturing is eventually done on that land, she's very concerned what that means for her family's quality of life.