How young is too young? To Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), elementary school students seem like the perfect targets for their pro-fracking tours across the state. An educational program funded by OOGEEP and sponsored by Radio Disney had parents in an outrage over what they claim to be “a hijacking of public education by hydraulic fracturing interests, in a state sitting on billions of dollars’ worth of gas-rich shale”.
Rocking in Ohio, the program’s Disney-esque name, went on a tour of elementary schools and science centers across Ohio, putting on interactive demonstrations of how oil and gas pipelines work. Environmental activists and parents alike have shown concern, creating petitions and campaigns that urged Disney to terminate its relationship with OOGEEP.
Fracking in Ohio has already been deemed extremely controversial due to contaminated drinking water and its link to a series of earthquakes in Youngstown.
(On January 9th, Disney reportedly pulled out of the remaining destinations of the Rocking Ohio tour.)