Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Shoot Video Against Fracking
June 8th, 2011
Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Zoe Saldana and a host of other New York based actors have filmed a video proclaiming their love for “New York Water.” The anti-hydrofracking campaign is hosted at cleanwaternotdirtydrilling.org. Check out the video to see Saldana brushing her teeth, a scantily clad Hawke taking a shower and a geared up Ruffalo engaging in some fly fishing. They all deliver the line, “I love my New York Water.”
“My family moved to our quiet farming town on the Delaware River so we could enjoy a simple, healthy life outside of the bustling city,” said Ruffalo in a statement. “We want to enjoy that peace down the road, and know that the tap water we drink, and bathe our children in, is safe.”
The coalition of actors, with the help of environmentalists is calling on New Yorker’s to tell their legislators to ban fracking in New York.
The Assembly recently passed a bill to extend the current moratorium on fracking til June of next year but the Senate is not expected to move on a similar measure. The Independent Oil and Gas Association called the proposed moratorium, “job killing.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to release a new environmental impact statement and guidelines for fracking in July for public review.
The Natural Resources Defense Council included a statement in the release touting the video noting the urgency of the moment.
“This video comes at a critical moment for New York — Governor Cuomo recently indicated he may rush the environmental review of fracking by the end of the month, drastically increasing the chances it will not be sufficient to protect residents from water contamination and other threats. And the state legislature is about to leave town with unfinished fracking business still on the table.”By David King on June 8, 2011, 12:29 pm
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