Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Zoe Saldana, Ethan Hawke and “Officer and a Gentleman” actress Debra Winger have all spoken out against the practice.
Fracking is a process that uses water, sand and chemicals to blast oil out of rock and shale well under high pressure.
Norton, 45, lends his voice to a radio advertisement on behalf of a consumer rights group known as “Food & Water Watch.” It’s working in conjunction with an anti-fracking group in Maryland called “Don’t Frack Maryland.”
The add was released today (Apr. 7) amid a debate in the Maryland Legislature. The ad is running on news stations WTOP in Washington, D.C. and WBAL in Baltimore City.
Edward Norton Calls for Fracking Ban Hi, this is Edward Norton. Before I became an actor, I grew up in Maryland and spent a lot of my youth in its pristine natural beauty. But now a dangerous form of gas drilling, called fracking, threatens our state’s environmental health. There’s strong evidence that fracking can poison our water and air. It risks both our health and our tourism economy. Other states have banned fracking, but Governor Hogan is indicating he may ignore the risks. Don’t let him. Visit Don’t Frack M-D dot org.”
The Maryland Senate passed a bill calling for a moratorium on fracking similar to measures in other states. The House must still act on the measure.
New York and Vermont have already banned fracking. Illinois, Florida, Ohio, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado and Pennsylvania are also considering similar legislation.
“There’s strong evidence that fracking can poison our water and air,” said Norton, who is from Columbia, a suburb of Baltimore. “It risks both our health and our tourism economy.”
Norton also pointed a finger at newly elected Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. “Other states have banned fracking, but Governor Hogan is indicating he may ignore the risks. Don’t let him,” Norton said.
“There’s strong evidence that fracking can poison our water and air,” Norton warns. “It risks both our health and our tourism economy.”
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