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MARK RUFFALO: No Fracking Here

Avengers star Mark Ruffalo participating in an anti-fracking rally in Albany, New York, protesting the process - as can be seen in the accompanying video. Joining him were a number of celebrity opponents. Which, of course, doesn't provide any info on what the frack fracking is.
Here's what the BBC says: "An independent geological report has found that it is "highly probable" a controversial technique to extract gas, known as fracking, triggered two minor earthquakes on the Lancashire coast earlier this year. The energy company Cuadrilla - which suspended its fracking test operations in June following the tremors - said the conditions that caused them are unlikely to occur again. But what are the other concerns over the practice and what exactly does it involve? What is fracking? The process of drilling down and creating tiny explosions to shatter and crack hard shale rocks to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well. The process is carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer. The process can create new pathways to release gas or can be used to extend existing channels."

Of the rally itself, the Times Union reports, "Here’s video of actor Mark Ruffalo appearing at Tuesday afternoon’s anti-fracking rally on the Western Staircase. The demo preceded a benefit concert at The Egg in the evening. Ruffalo returned to the Capitol with what’s become his standard teaching aid: a jug of fluid about as green as the angry version of the character he plays in “The Avengers.” In addition to making the case against fracking, he castigates the drilling injury for its ad hominem derogation of himself and other celebrity opponents of the technique such as “Gasland” director Josh Fox and Debra Winger."

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