If you haven’t heard, Mark Ruffalo is a main attraction in anti-natural gas industry efforts these days. Lately, Ruffalo has appeared just about anywhere he can rallying against the safe and responsible development of onshore energy by dropping tired, ill-informed hyperbolic one liners .
Of course this type of behavior is nothing new for Ruffalo, former star of Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur and The Kids are Alright. His theater, of course, isn’t limited to the silver screen. In fact, he has brought his talents to the smallest of screens as noticed in a video supporting Josh Fox and Bill McKibben’s Father’s Day rally in Columbus. In this video Ruffalo makes many irresponsible claims, the first of which is that hydraulic fracturing is not safe.
People understand that hydraulic fracturing is not safe, and that no matter what the gas and oil industry tells them, they are not willing to leave a toxic legacy for their children.—Mark Ruffalo (:17)
We have documented the numerous regulatory bodies, technological advances, studies, and safety precautions the industry has taken in order to ensure unlocking these vast resources is done safely. Experts across the country have indicated that hydraulic fracturing is safe. In the interest of brevity we won’t provide a full list, but here are a few studies from the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Energy and the Groundwater Protection Council to get you started, in addition to those we mentioned before.
Hulk Smash! Ruffalo got some in jabs on his late night talk show run when promoting The Avengers movie. I turn the channel when ever I see him nowadays
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