To Advocate a ‘Fracking’ Ban, Activists Stage a Game Show in Fells Point

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During the “Global Frackdown” on Saturday, activist groups in at least 28 countries demonstrated against the controversial natural gas extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing. And in Fells Point that demonstration took the form of the mock game show “Wheel of Misfortune.”

People were invited to spin the titular wheel, which would land on one of 12 spaces inscribed with specific risks opponents link to fracking, including earthquakes, escalation of climate change, poisoned drinking water, and decreased home values. Then, a giant message about that particular risk would be projected on the side of a building on Fell Street.

Contestants walked away with candy and an earful of reasons to keep the “onus…on the industry…to prove they can do it safely” before Maryland lifts its moratorium on the practice.



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