Protestors against the introduction of hydrofracking in Western New York gathered in Niagara Square on Saturday.
The protest followed a symposium held by the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Many at the symposium proposed that hydraulic fracturing could be an economic boon for the region if done properly. Opponents claim that the environmental concerns are too significant to bring the controversial practice to Western New York, and they are lobbying for a permanent ban on fracking.
Local religious organizations are lending their voices and support to the Occupy Buffalo movement.
A two hour celebration was held in Niagara Square on Saturday called the Interfaith Peace and Social Justice Ceremony. The day's activities included a candlelight vigil and performances by local choirs. Occupy Buffalo protester Mindy Comangane claims that such support helps justify her efforts in bringing to light the economic injustices in the world.