ALBANY, N.Y. — The anti-fracking movement in New York state turned up the star power Tuesday with a rally in the Capitol and concert at the Empire State Plaza.Read the rest of the article here.
New Yorkers Against Fracking held a rally at the grand stone staircase inside the Capitol before a concert at The Egg, a 982-seat performing arts center in the state Capitol complex. The coalition called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas in the Marcellus Shale region of southern New York.
Actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo hosted the concert that featured Natalie Merchant, John Sebastian, Joan Osborne and a number of other performers.
Ruffalo, who has a home in Callicoon in upstate New York, is active in the coalition of 100 environmental, health care, political and other organizations. The group staged the rally and concert to draw attention to health, environmental and social problems related to shale gas development.
Opponents say fracking, which blasts chemically treated water into a well to crack shale and release gas, could contaminate water supplies with toxic chemicals and radiation. They cite numerous cases of health problems such as headaches, nosebleeds and rashes in humans, and reproductive problems in livestock in areas of the country with heavy gas-drilling activity. The industry says fracking has been used safely for decades and has provided a cleaner alternative to coal.
And here is some video, complete with the Hulk himself waving around a jug of carefully prepared cloudy water from Dimock, PA:
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