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Anti-fracking group not registered

ALBANY, N.Y. — Dozens of celebrities may be running afoul of a law requiring lobbyists to register with the state as they unite under the banner of one group seeking to prevent a method of gas drilling in New York.

Artists Against Fracking opposes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and boasts members including Yoko Ono and actors Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon.

The group says forcing water and chemicals deep into shale deposits to extract gas threatens drinking water and the environment.

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The group’s website implores, ‘‘Tell Governor Cuomo: Don’t Frack New York.’’

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But the group and nearly 200 entertainers who are gaining attention and support in the dispute, which is splitting New Yorkers, aren’t registered lobbyists, according to a search of the database of the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Associated Press