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    * Maybe the gas industry is just camera shy: all the energy company reps invited to state Sen. GregBall’s hydrofracking hearing yesterday backed out. The Independent Oil and Gas Association and the New York State Petroleum Council said Ball’s recent comments indicated it would not be a place for “a thoughtful and rational dialogue.” Ball has spoken out against the practice after his recent tour of Pennsylvania’s fracking landscape with Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland that slams the industry. And when Fox testified at Ball’s hearing, the cameras were rolling for the sequel, Gasland 2. Ball, who got a Chesapeake Energy employee to show up to a similar hearing a year ago, berated the companies for what he called cowardice. “To the industry, shame on you for not being here,” Ball said. “To the industry who is really on the precipice of profiting a great deal, it is your moral responsibility to engage in the conversation and we’re not going away.” (READ MORE)

    Publication date: 
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 00:00