Protesters pile in for President Obama (with photos)

By Perry Russom

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of protesters of hydraulic fracturing lined portions of Binghamton University's campus hoping President Barack Obama would hear their message.

They sang, yelled and chanted, "Water is life. You can't drink money."

Protesters of all ages held signs. One sign read, "Don't Frack Up New York."

"I'm concerned about the environment, concerned about about my grandkids," said Ed Highley, of Athens, Pa.

One teenager, Dante Mills of Mount Upton, put a sticker over his mouth that read, "Ban Fracking Now."

"Fracking is destroying our water," Mills said. "People drink, bathe and fish in our waters."

While protesters of hydraulic fracturing met on BU's campus, those in favor of natural gas drilling met at Otsiningo Park.

"(Natural gas drilling) is perfectly safe," said Kathy Colley, of Afton. "It's been proven safe."

One man said 'thank you' to President Obama for "supporting the greatest thing we have here in America."

"There is a large amount of support in this county and surrounding counties for drilling natural gas," said Thomas Gorman, of Vestal.

The supporters stood with their faces pressed up against the fence facing Interstate 81 as they waited for the president's motorcade to pass into Vestal.

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