Mickey Mouse caught up in fracking propaganda scandal

WHAT do Mickey Mouse and fracking have in common? Plenty, in the United States, with Radio Disney involved in a program sponsored by the oil and gas industry.

But the radio organisation pulled out of the educational program sponsored by Ohio's oil and gas industry after it was accused of using school students to peddle "propaganda" around fracking.

The Rocking in Ohio program went on a tour of 26 school and science centres in the US state last month, and involved interactive demonstrations and games with children on how oil and gas pipelines worked.

 However, after a storm of protests aimed at the program, including on online petition with over 75,000 signatures, Radio Disney pulled the plug on the partnership.

"The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and the non-profit Rocking in Ohio educational initiative was to foster kids' interest in science and technology," the company said in a statement.

"Having been inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection with this goal, Radio Disney has decided to withdraw from the few remaining installments of the program."

In Australia, oil and gas company Metgasco was slammed last year for a letter sent to north coast schools in New South Wales offering to send its staff members in to talk to students.

The letter also offered to donate a new documentary produced in the US about the energy industry.

Read more at the Australian Mining Bulletin or Al Jazeera America.

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