APNewsBreak: Celeb fracking group not registered

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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 2:41 am | Updated: 5:54 pm, Sun Mar 31, 2013.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Celebrities belonging to the group Artists Against Fracking be wielding star power to influence New York law, but they may also be running afoul of it.

The group created last year stages events with stars opposed to drilling for natural gas in upstate New York hydraulic fracturing.

It says forcing water and chemicals into underground rock to extract gas threatens drinking water and the environment.

But a search of the state lobbying board's online records show the group and nearly 200 entertainers who are gaining attention and support aren't registered lobbyists.

The law is designed to disclose to the public who is trying to influence government action.

The group has not responded to requests for comment.

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