Park Foundation Spends Millions On Anti-Drilling Efforts

  • Scott Detrow

Todd Vachon / WHYY

Anti-drilling protests in Philadelphia


Who funds the anti-drilling groups? The Park Foundation foots the bill for many environmental groups who are working to stop drilling from going into effect in New York, as Gannett reports:

Since 2009, the Park Foundation has quietly spread around more than $3 million to dozens of advocacy groups and other institutions that oppose hydrofracking or to those that have produced research on the technique, according to a Gannett Albany Bureau review of tax filings and information on the non-profit’s website.
The foundation appears to be the most prominent financial backer of the anti-hydrofracking movement in New York. And while it doesn’t actively tout its involvement in the anti-fracking effort, the group doesn’t hide from it either.
…The roster of the foundation’s beneficiaries is long, and it reads like a who’s who list of those fighting against hydrofracking in New York and beyond.
The foundation sent a total of $175,000 in 2010 and 2011 to the production company behind “Gasland,” an Oscar-nominated documentary on the negative environmental aspects of hydrofracking that has drawn ire from the gas industry.

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