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Protest to stop fracking off California coast

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Protestors in hazmat suits took to the streets Wednesday just outside the Catamaran Resort, urging the California Coastal Commission to halt offshore fracking off our coast.

The commission is holding a four-day meeting. On Wednesday's agenda was a 40-year plan to handle growing transportation needs along the North County coast.

San Diego 350, a local grassroots organization, however, wanted to raise awareness about fracking, a process that uses toxic chemicals at high pressures with drilling to force oil out of difficult to reach spots.

"But we know our oceans are already suffering and we can't make that problem worse by putting highly toxic fluids into the ocean, as a result of a process that's extreme extracting of fossil fuels, which is also part of the problem," anti-fracking protester Peg Mitchell said.

According to state regulators and scientists across the country, the process of fracking is a fundamentally safe process with manageable risks.

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