Addams Family Actor Lends Voice to Fracking Opposition - NBC Chicago

Addams Family Actor Lends Voice to Fracking Opposition

In an ad, John Astin said there's nothing funny about poisoning drinking water

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    File - Actor John Astin, who portrayed Gomez Addams on "The Addams Family" television series, speaks during a reenactment of author Edgar Allan Poe's funeral in this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 file photo in Baltimore. Astin is the voice of a radio advertisement that opposes fracking.

    The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke.

    John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who played Gomez Addams, is the voice of a radio ad that supporters of a ban are broadcasting Thursday morning.

    Astin says in the ad there's nothing funny about poisoning drinking water and the air we breathe. Food & Water Watch paid for the ad.

    A measure to ban fracking in Maryland is advancing in the Legislature. A bill to ban the practice already has passed the House of Delegates. A Senate panel passed the bill on Wednesday, and Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports it.

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    Fracking isn't being done in Maryland now, but a moratorium on issuing permits ends in October.