James Taylor says fracking in Carolina is on his mind

02/18/2014 5:29 PM

02/18/2014 5:30 PM

Singer James Taylor is speaking out against fracking in North Carolina.

Taylor, who was raised in Chapel Hill, is starring in TV spots for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the first step in what will be a major anti-fracking campaign between now and the next legislative session in May.

While “Carolina in My Mind” plays in the background, Taylor warns of the dangers of fracking and says: “Big oil and gas are pushing the governor and the legislature to allow reckless fracking.

“Fracking is dirty and it’s dangerous. It can poison drinking water, and chemicals in fracking fluid are known to cause cancer.”

Bob Keefe of the NRDC said the ads will run for the next two weeks on WRAL, WTVD and WNCN as well as Time Warner Cable and Pandora radio. He declined to say how much money the organization is spending on the ad buy, but said Taylor was not being paid to appear in the ads.

“He has deep roots in North Carolina and cares a lot about the state,” Keefe said. Taylor has been a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council for 17 years.

Keefe said the NRDC and other environmental groups are working on a larger campaign to point out the dangers of fracking and to point out the lawmakers in the state who are behind fracking.

To watch the spot go to www.nrdc.org/ncfrackattack.

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