The Associated Press May 14, 2012, 10:46AM ET

Anti-fracking rallies, concert set for NY Capitol

Opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing are planning a big day of action in Albany, N.Y., culminating with a star-studded concert at the Empire State Plaza.

New Yorkers Against Fracking, a new coalition of organizations calling for a fracking ban, plans a rally and multi-media concert Tuesday afternoon and evening. The event features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo acting as hosts of the concert at the Egg Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $40 to $150.

Musicians include Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham and numerous others.

Another group, Frack Free Nation, is holding an Occupy-style daylong series of events based in a park across from the state Capitol. Actions planned include a "die-in" and a prayer ceremony with water carried from the Hudson River.


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