I Love My New York Water: Mark Ruffalo Rallies Celebrity Troops for Anti-Fracking PSA

Posted on 14. Jun, 2011 by in Business & Policy, Clean Tech

 

Featured in the PSA, Zoë Saldana, Nadia Dajani, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Charles, Ethan Hawke and Amy Ryan are doing their part to protect our clean water from dirty drilling.

From: http://cleanwaternotdirtydrilling.org/

On June 13, 2011 Senior Attorney in NRDC’s New York Urban Program and fracking expert, Kate Sinding, was joined by actor Mark Ruffalo to discuss his Anti-Hydro Fracking Campaign and the release of his new PSA. I Love My NY Water demonstrates a funny take on a serious issue. Currently, New York has a moratorium on most kinds of fracking while the practice is reviewed but the reality that this could be lifted has caused these celebrities to join forces in a call-to-action to urge people to get involved.

“This comes at an important time as Governor Cuomo recently indicated he may rush the environmental review of fracking to completion by the end of the month and related legislation still pending in the statehouse as the session draws to a close,” says Kate Slusark, Media Relations Associate at NRDC.

Hydraulic fracturing— also known as “fracking” –has been around for decades, and it is an increasingly prominent tool in the effort to release natural gas that had previously been inaccessible. The process involves forcing a mixture of water, chemicals, and sand at high pressure down into in pockets, or veins, where the shale naturally fractured during settling. The oil and gas industry estimates that 90 percent of the more than 450,000 operating gas wells in the United States rely on fracking. Large deposits of natural gas are projected to be located deep within the Marcellus shale formation that covers most of New York State and extends to depths down to 7,000 feet below the surface. Many environmental groups concerns are due to lack of regulation of the certain chemicals that can be injected underground. Fracking may put drinking water for millions of New Yorkers at risk.

The EPA’s efforts and concerns have had them diligently working to protect not only the New York City watershed, but the quality of water throughout the entire state. Though it is still uncertain all that goes into the cocktail of chemicals involved in fracking, findings from environmental clean-up sites demonstrate that known toxins are regularly being used, including hydrochloric acid, diesel fuel (which contains benzene, tuolene, and xylene) as well as formaldehyde, polyacrylimides, arsenic, and chromates.The EPA is conducting its own study of the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water supplies, due out in late 2012.

“This is a very powerful way to reach people and like it or not, celebrities happen to have a better chance of reaching people,” Ruffalo said. “I see how effective it is with people.”

 

Source List:
Celebs Prod Lawmakers to Rein in Hydraulic Fracturing
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2011/06/13/celebs-prod-lawmakers-to-rein-in-hydraulic-fracturing/
E.P.A. Considers Risks of Gas Extraction
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/24/business/energy-environment/24gas.html

 

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8 Responses to “I Love My New York Water: Mark Ruffalo Rallies Celebrity Troops for Anti-Fracking PSA”

  1. Kristall Lutz

    14. Jun, 2011

    I love New York Water too. (I miss it). “Stop fracking with it” – brilliant!

  2. jbabiarz

    16. Jun, 2011

    It’s always great to see celebrities donate their time to good causes. Fingers crossed it helps!

  3. MichaelRiccard

    16. Jun, 2011

    New York has been smart to realize that you don’t need to treat the water, just protect where it comes from. The last thing that we want is for them to have to start treating it because of fracking.

  4. AlissaM

    16. Jun, 2011

    Just another one of the reasons I am a huge Mark Ruffalo fan! Like Jessie said, I’m glad to see celebs use their influence in a positive way and getting the message out there.

  5. Miki Koga

    16. Jun, 2011

    Great video! Glad all these people are on board to protect New York’s water supply. I’m Interested to see what the EPA study comes up with.

  6. NayeliGuerrero

    16. Jun, 2011

    Great video! Definitely raises awareness on this issue! How can we find out if fracking is happening in our city?

  7. seanmichaelin

    16. Jun, 2011

    Hahaha, very clever. Sharing this one!

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