APNewsBreak: Celeb fracking group not registered

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APNewsBreak: Celeb fracking group not registeredFILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, Sean Lennon and actress Susan Sarandon visit to a fracking site in New Milford, Pa. Dozens of celebrities may be running afoul of the law as they unite under the banner of one group that is seeking to prevent a method of gas drilling in New York state. Artists Against Fracking opposes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and boasts members including Yoko Ono and actors Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)(Credit: AP)

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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