It’s something that could be on “Saturday Night Live” skit.
A few years back a Marcellus Shale company created a coloring book featuring a character dubbed “Terry the Fracosaurus” to help “educate” kids about fracking.
But the industry’s most recent dip into the elementary education pool happened in Ohio, where it partnered with Disney Radio to bring school-age children programming that shed a positive light on fracking.
Disney – as in Mickey Mouse and various princesses.
But then, there’s a reason the industry targets such young minds.
Rbr.com reports that Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Production Program director Ron Grosjean said:
Kids are the best way [to spread the message]. They retain [information] – they remember it.
Problem is, while the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Production Program and shale industry have maintained that fracking is completely safe (look away, nothing to see here, folks), a bunch of environmental groups (as well as numerous scientific studies) refute that assessment.
And many of those environmental groups blasted the Ohio program and Disney Radio’s participation in it, saying it is nothing more than propaganda for the Marcellus Shale industry.
That pressure reportedly led Disney Radio to pull itself from the program.
Seattlepi.com on Monday morning reported:
A statement from Radio Disney said it would pull out of the final installments of the program after being “inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection” with the intended goal of fostering kids’ interest in science and technology.
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