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Environmental Activists Gain Support For Fracking Ban In Massachusetts


Environmental activists in Massachusetts have enlisted the help of health professionals in a campaign for a state ban on fracking.

   The organization Environment Massachusetts released letters signed by 100 doctors, nurses, and medical researchers that declare the controversial natural gas drilling technique to be a growing  threat to public health and the environment. Ben Hellerstein, a field associate for Environment Massachusetts said a bill in the Massachusetts House would put a ten-year moratorium on fracking in Massachusetts.

   " We are hopeful that our state legislators will  take action this session and make sure that fracking never comes to our state."

   The petroleum industry insists there is no commercial potential for natural gas drilling in Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.