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Activists gather at Liberty Park to protest oil spills

Posted - Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:54 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Activists gathered in Liberty Park Saturday to protest oil industry practices.

"The overall message today is no to offshore drilling and yes to clean energy and renewable," said Jennifer Hamilton, who organized the "Hands Across the Sand" event.

People wearing masks and carrying signs called on government to enforce stricter laws on the oil companies. They stood near the Liberty Park pond, where thousands of gallons of oil collected after a Chevron pipeline burst.

"I'd like to see sensor systems in place that actually work. I'd like to see river crossings of pipelines fortified so that they can't leak into the creek. I'd like to see inspections that are on foot rather than over air," said activist Peter Hayes.

This protest was part of more than 800 events nationwide protesting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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