- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Eight people, including demonstrators, are facing disorderly conduct charges in connection with Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration.

Police couldn’t immediately explain the circumstances that led to the arrests at Tuesday’s inauguration.

At one point, two people were led out of the inauguration by police after they stood and began shouting, “ban fracking now!”

Outside the inauguration, more than a hundred anti-drilling demonstrators organized by Pennsylvanians Against Fracking also chanted “ban fracking now!” and could be heard throughout Wolf’s swearing-in and speech.

That’s a reference to the hydraulic fracturing process that’s used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation.

One protester, 51-year-old John Blauser of Ridgway, says he’s worried that fracking will poison the water that his grandchildren drink. Asked about the protests, Wolf says he believes drilling can be done in an environmentally sound manner.

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