GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A group of college students are biking through the Pioneer Valley campaigning against fracking in Massachusetts.
On Wednesday they stopped in Greenfield to try and gain support from Franklin County residents.
The pioneer valley has been explored for hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale, which Western Massachusetts has an abundance of in comparison to other New England states.
But the group Climate Summer claims that fracking can be toxic to people's water supply and only sustains a reliance on fossil fuels. So they are encouraging residents to sign their names to a petition and tell the Massachusetts legislature to stop fracking from ever occurring here in Western Massachusetts and lean more toward renewable energy. The group of students hopes that others will notice their passion in the debate.
"A world where we're not reliant on gas and coal and all those sort of those things and express it in a way that is healthy and empowering and a lot of fun," Matt Menezes, of Colorado said.
The decision for fracking goes through the legislature come fall, but a 10,000 signature petition against fracking has also been brought to the legislature.
To find out where the Western Massachusetts Climate Summer team will be throughout the campaign tour the schedule is posted on climatesummer.org .