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Radio Disney drops out of Ohio education program

January 13, 2014 - Ben Klein
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Radio Disney says it will no longer be involved with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program after activists complained that it inappropriately promoted shale gas drilling.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the decision came after 21 Ohio environmental groups signed a letter criticizing Radio Disney for supporting the Rocking in Ohio program in schools.

A statement from Radio Disney said it would pull out of the final installments of the program after being "inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection" with the intended goal of fostering kids' interest in science and technology.

Rocking in Ohio supporters have said the program emphasizes science, not the shale-drilling process known as fracking.

Opponents of fracking say it is harmful to the environment. The industry disputes that.

 
 

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