HARRISBURG – After a residency and events at Dickinson College in Carlisle, actor Mark Ruffalo was in Harrisburg on Wednesday to deliver a letter and petitions urging Gov. Tom Wolf to enact a fracking moratorium.
The letter was on behalf of 30,000 petitioners nationwide and more than 100 organizations, according to a release from BerlinRosen Public Affairs. The letter called on Wolf to enact the moratorium on drilling and fracking in the state and asked the governor to travel to Northeast and Southwest Pennsylvania to meet residents who are affected by drilling operations.
“I’ve seen the impacts of fracking first-hand,” Ruffalo said during a news conference in the Capitol Building Wednesday morning. “Fracking is destroying lives, breaking up communities and causing irreversible damage to our drinking water, the air we breathe, and the land that produces our food. We cannot continue on this course while people are suffering. It is time for the Gov. Wolf to do what is best for the people of Pennsylvania — put an end to the dangerous practice of fracking and help residents who have already been harmed.”
Ruffalo serves on the advisory board of Americans Against Fracking and is a founder of Water Defense. He was at Dickinson College after receiving the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters prize for global environmental activism.