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Source: Legislative Gazette

Coalition launches radio anti-fracking campaign

BY FELICIA KRIEG

Posted: November 1, 2011
Originally Published: October 31, 2011

A coalition of environmental groups has launched a six-week radio campaign about the supposed dangers of high volume hydraulic fracturing. The group believes New Yorkers have not been given adequate or accurate information from the mainstream media or the state government on the issue.

Another goal of the campaign is to encourage the public to write to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and express their concerns about hydrofracking. The DEC is collecting public comments on draft regulations for fracking until Dec. 12.

"A Million Fracking Letters" will air on public and commercial radio stations across the state, according to the environmental group. The minute-long segments will direct listeners to AMillionFrackingLetters.com.

"The gas industry is using the media to tell consumers that fracking is a piece of cake—finally the answer to all our energy needs," said Doug Wood, a filmmaker who created the ads. "But drilling for miles underground, setting off explosives, injecting toxic chemicals and then sucking the hazardous radioactive contaminated waste back to the surface to get the gas is extremely risky business. People have a right to hear the other side of the story."

Two dozen groups make up the coalition supporting the campaign. Among these are Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Environmental Advocates of New York, Grassroots Environmental Education, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and United for Action.

Funding for the campaign was provided by private citizens concerned about the possible adverse effects that could occur if fracking is allowed to commence in the Marcellus Shale deposit in the Southern Tier.