From the Teresa Mills of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and signed by 21 Ohio activist groups:
January 9, 2014
Disney Cleveland Station Manager,
175 Ken Mar Industrial PKWY
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Dear Ms Hummer,
As Ohio residents, families and concerned environmental health advocates we were stunned and horrified after learning that your Disney Radio station has teamed up in partnership with the industry-funded nonprofit Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). Disney’s mission is "The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world."
To most families Disney is about safe fun, movies and unique characters and dreams that exceed the realm of possibilities. How then can you, through Disney Radio activities, justify partnering with the oil and gas industry that indoctrinate children, providing a one sided, factually unsupported view of the realities of hydro fracturing? The events, hosted at schools and fairs, masked as educational programming are nothing more than an attempt by the oil and gas industry to brain-wash our children about this extractive and harmful industry. We are adamantly opposed to the mission of this campaign and the unnatural partnership between Disney and the oil and gas industry.
It seems, to us, that parents in Ohio at fairs and schools are having the proverbial wool pulled over their eyes by the interactive and fun nature of these programs. Ron Grosjean, an OOGEEP representative recently stated in a local press piece covering a "Rocking in Ohio" event that kids are the "best way" to spread the message of industry because they "retain… and remember" the information.
Does Disney really want our children to remember and retain one sided, unbalanced and inaccurate industry propaganda about the "benefits" of oil and gas development?
We believe that the education our children receive, whether in a school environment or at an event, should be free of ulterior motives and industry propaganda. Our children are our most precious resource and need balanced scientific and economic facts about the hydro fracturing process
We ask that your Disney Radio station discontinue your partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and their attempt to fool and brain wash Ohio children and families.
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Ohio field office
2319 Parkridge Court
Grove City , OH 43123
See attached for signatories
Cc: Bob Iger
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Walt Disney Company
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.