Actor Mark Ruffalo is most famous for his work in films like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Kids Are All Right.” But recently, he has turned his attention to a real-life issue. Ruffalo has become an outspoken opponent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas that has divided citizens of upstate New York, where he lives. Need to Know’s Abigail Leonard spoke to Ruffalo about his concerns in this web-exclusive interview. Watch tonight’s full episode for a more in-depth look at the fracking debate.
Who are Highland Concerned Citizens?
We are ordinary citizens trying to deal with an extraordinary challenge: the proposed development of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale.
All over the region, citizens’ groups are sounding the alarm about the fact that natural gas development will transform our beautiful Catskills communities into industrialized zones. We are concerned about environmental, social and economic damage that will last for generations to come. We are concerned that the choices we make here in the Upper Delaware watershed will affect communities in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and as far away as Chesapeake Bay.