Sunday, April 15, 2012

Industry not alone in pumping money into fracking fight

In New York, industry and business groups that lobbied against a moratorium on fracking spent $2.9 million in 2010 alone. The American Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas industry trade group, listed $15 million in nationwide lobbying expenses in the same year, while America’s Natural Gas Alliance, another industry trade group, listed $3.8 million in 2010 lobbying expenses.

Although spending by the hydrofracturing lobby dwarfed the financial efforts of environmental groups and others opposed to the high-pressure, water-and-chemical, horizontal-drilling technique, a sizable amount of funding has been provided to fracking opponents by a single source--the Park Foundation.

Jon Campbell, who covers state government for Gannett's Democrat and Chronicle, provides background on the foundation, who it has funded, and how the $3 million it has spent since 2009 has drawn fire from some in the oil industry.

You can read Jon's story at: Park Foundation funds anti-fracking groups.

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