Mark Ruffalo | Thank God for Fracking
Actor/Director Mark Ruffalo, a resident of Sullivan Co, NY, lives in an are where big energy companies want to "hydro-frack" for gas. Caught in New York, shortly before Al Gore's Climate Reality event, Ruffalo talked to Laura Flanders of GRITtv about the impact of Hurricane Irene on the area where corporations want to drill. The threats to water and soil are very real, says Ruffalo, and the situation gives us a "chance to see what we're made of." Opponents of hydraulic fracturing have promised to “shut down” a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission in Trenton, NJ, on October 21st. The commission will be considering drilling regulations covering an estimated 22,000 gas wells in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware on land that drains into the Delaware River, which provides water to 15 million people in those four states. Ruffalo starts with shout-out to Josh Fox, director of "Gasland" - a documentary about hydro-fracking which received its first national screening on GRITtv. Fllmmaker Josh Fox accepted an Emmy Award last week for “outstanding directing. (The ceremony will be broadcast Sunday night.) For more on fracking, Ruffalo recommends checking out WaterDefense.org, CatskillMountainKeeper.com, Damascus Citizens, or "Gasland." On September 24, New Yorkers can hear Flanders and others speak at a gathering near the United Nations for Moving Planet NYC, an international day of action to draw attention to the climate crisis and push for solutions that move us beyond our reliance on fossil fuels - organized by NYPIRG, 350.org, and others.