Protestors gather at BLM office during land lease sale

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 7/17/2014 6:16 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & 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.


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eohatdan - 7/17/2014 12:34 PM
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Most things with the BLM pass under the radar. It is time to nip fracking in the bud. If we wait until the leases are done and the oil and gas companies get started, it will be too late. We need Governor Sandoval to step up and let the BLM know that lease sales cannot be used for fracking now or in the future. It may be Federal land, but it is our state.

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