Mark Ruffalo's Magical Mystery Anti-Hydrofracking Bus Tour

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Mark Ruffalo makes his case against hydrofracking outside a hearing in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

A group led by actor Mark Ruffalo took a bus from City Hall to Pennsylvania today to deliver water to a community they say was affected by the controversial natural gas drilling procedure called hydrofracking. Governor Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are currently considering whether to allow hydrofracking in New York.

Mr. Ruffalo, a longtime opponent of the procedure and resident of upstate Sullivan County, told Politicker fracking contaminated the water in Dimock and he thinks it would have similar consequences here. “There’s no doubt in my mind, or most people’s minds at this point, that the way this industry has been moving forward up until now will contaminate New York State,” Mr. Ruffalo said. Continue reading “Mark Ruffalo's Magical Mystery Anti-Hydrofracking Bus Tour”

Tom Duane Just Isn't That Into Mark Ruffalo

 Tom Duane Just Isn't That Into Mark Ruffalo
Senator Tom Duane (Photo: TomDuane.com)

Movie star Mark Ruffalo isn’t State Senator Thomas Duane’s type.

The Observer overheard Senator Duane explaining why Mr. Ruffalo isn’t on his celebrity crush list outside today’s hydrofracking hearing at BMCC where both men spoke against the controversial natural gas drilling procedure.  Continue reading “Tom Duane Just Isn't That Into Mark Ruffalo”

Mark Ruffalo And New York Pols Promote Fight Against Hydrofracking

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Mark Ruffalo makes his case against hydrofracking. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

Apparently, Hydrofracking makes Hulk mad. Mark Ruffalo, who’s set to play the famous green superhero strongman in the “Avengers” movie due out next May, was among the celebrities and politicians who turned out to show their opposition to the controversial natural gas drilling technique today. Mr. Ruffalo appeared along with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, actress Debra Winger, State Senator Daniel Squadron and others at an anti-fracking press conference ahead of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s hearing to review regulations for hydrofracking, which is popular shorthand for hydraulic fracturing. Continue reading “Mark Ruffalo And New York Pols Promote Fight Against Hydrofracking”

Report: Hydrofracking Moratorium to be Lifted in New York State [Updated]

New York State will reportedly lift its moratorium on hydrofracking the controversial drilling procedure environmentalists say could pollute the water supply, but advocates say is safe and could be an economic boom for the struggling upstate economy.

A spokesman for Cuomo said the report is premature and speculative.

A spokesperson for the state’s environmental agency did not immediately have a comment on lifting of the moratorium, first reported by The New York Times in a breaking news alert on their homepage.

The lifting of the moratorium by the state would be the first major position Governor Cuomo has taken on the controversial issue since taking office in January.

One environmental activist who has opposed hydrofracking is actor Mark Ruffalo, who said at a party on Tuesday “I’d like to see it banned in New York State altogether.”

Ruffalo was speaking to the Observer during a party celebrating the passage of same-sex marriage. At the event, Ruffalo said Cuomo reached out to him months ago to discuss energy issues.

“If Cuomo knew he had cover from New York City’s financial elite, for hydrofracking,” said Ruffalo, “then he would be much more bullish on the issue. He’s sort of playing the fence right now.”

Update: The state’s environmental agency will have an event tomorrow in Albany discussing the procedure for evaluating hydrofracking, which will include a lengthy period for accepting public comments. The agency has said no permits for hydrofracking will be issued until the review period is concluded.

The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same-Sex Marriage Celebration

alesi hrc fingers e1309378423818 The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same Sex Marriage CelebrationWhen Republican State Senator Jim Alesi was introduced at the Human Rights Campaign party Tuesday night, celebrating last week’s passage of same-sex marriage, the audience exploded with cheers and applause.

“That’s exactly what it sounded like when I went to church on Sunday,” he said. The audience burst into laughter.

Continue reading “The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same-Sex Marriage Celebration”