ASPEN, Colo. — Many protestors against hydraulic fracturing waved signs and chanted outside the Democratic Governors Association meeting at the St. Regis Aspen to let their voices by heard by Gov. John Kickenlooper, according to the Aspen Times.

An environmental youth group and the Protect Our Colorado protestors made their case against fracking, which is a controversial method of drilling for natural gas that injects water, sand and chemicals into rock formations with enormous pressure to release usable fuel, stated the article.

Hickenlooper, who supports this process, said about 96 percent of all wells in Colorado use the fracking method.

Those against hydraulic fracturing say it poses a dangerous threat to the environment, specifically air pollution and drinking water, noted the article.

“This is polluting the water, polluting the air,” said Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a leader of Earth Guardians. “It’s making animals and people sick. It’s really scary knowing if you live close enough to a well you can get really sick. You can have nosebleeds or headaches or blackouts, and it can build up to worse stuff like lung cancer.”

Many studies are currently being conducted to find out how much, if any, of an effect fracking has on the environment.

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