Drilling protesters join hands in Raleigh

Posted June 26, 2010

— Dozens of people joined hands at Lake Johnson in Raleigh as part of an international demonstration against offshore drilling Saturday.

Organizers of “Hands Across the Sand” said similar protests were held at beaches around the nation. Other North Carolina locations included Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Nags Head and Wrightsville Beach.

The demonstration also was intended to show support for clean alternatives to fossil fuels after a massive Gulf Coast oil spill.

Oil has been gushing since the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, killing 11 workers.

Nearly 39,000 people and more than 6,000 boats are working there, in other parts of the Gulf and on land to skim and corral the oil, protect hundreds of miles of coastline and clean fouled beaches.


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  • pyrosinthesky Jun 28, 2010

    This is just more feelings over reality. This has got to prove the sad state of education in this country.

  • roaddog3 Jun 28, 2010

    Maybe the dozens of people protesting will be glad to give donations(enough to substain their livelihood) to the poeple without jobs in that region.)

  • jp11 Jun 28, 2010

    Yep, holding hands really gets a lot done. Now you can go home and tell everybody you are such a hero to yourself.
    It's like lighting candles or making paper boats to send down a stream. Just polution, but it's okay becauses of your FEELINGS!
    Hey, I'm thinking it's deserving of a tax break, don't you?

  • Frank Downtown Jun 28, 2010

    I bet they drove there in big SUVs and did not even carpool?

  • Viewer Jun 28, 2010

    The US will revert to an 1880 economy without lots of oil. Not pleasant to think about unless you are hog farmer selling grease.

    I wonder if these folks will support many more nuclear reactors as the only real source of power for a now crowded world?