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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Industry PR Group Accused of Employing Underhanded Tactics at Anti-Fracking Rally

Dana Bohan (left) didn't tell those whom she interviewed
that she worked for an industry-backed group
From EcoWatch:
The industry would try and have you believe they would never misrepresent who they are, that they would never go under cover for their own benefit.
Except they do.
On July 28, Tina Fisher, of New Plymouth, Idaho, was approached by a woman claiming to be learning more about natural gas development and why people had traveled near and far to attend the day’s Stop the Frack Attack rally on the Capitol’s West Lawn.
With her long brunette curls pulled into a casual pony tail and a “Ban Fracking Now” sticker affixed to her t-shirt, she looked like many on the sprawling green. In one hand she held anti-fracking and Stop the Frack Attack rally memorabilia and in the other hand, a camcorder.
Fisher spoke on the record with the reporter. At the time, legislators had passed sweeping new laws setting the stage for oil and gas development in Idaho. Today, Fisher can see what is one of Idaho’s first gas wells flaring less than a mile from her home.
“I feel disgusted and distressed,” Fisher said about Idaho’s burgeoning oil and gas industry.
She feels the same about being misled about who was interviewing her back in July. Instead of talking with an independent blogger, Fisher was recorded by Energy in Depth staff geologist Dana Bohan.
Read the whole article here. 

Picture by Blair Koch, courtesy EcoWatch

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