Disney withdraws from pro-fracking elementary school tour

Radio Disney has withdrawn from a pro-hydraulic fracturing school tour backed by the oil and gas industry.

Al Jazeera America reports that the program, called Rocking in Ohio, visited 26 elementary schools and science centers across the state last month.

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The tour, led by three Radio Disney staffers from its Cleveland branch, offered interactive demonstrations on how oil and gas pipelines work. The Ohio and Gas Energy Education Program — which is supported by oil and gas companies — funded the project.

Radio Disney planned to take the tour to other states if the Ohio tour proved successful. However, after being dragged into an unlikely controversy, Disney said they were pulling out of the remaining installments of the Ohio tour, according to an email statement sent to Al Jazeera. 

"The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and the nonprofit Rocking in Ohio educational initiative was to foster kids' interest in science and technology. 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," the statement read.

The Ohio and Gas Energy program doesn't seem to be backing down after facing activists who call the tour "propaganda" collected 75,000 signatures opposing the project.

"Our country cannot survive without oil and gas,” OOGEEP’s Ron Grosjean told the Wooster, Ohio, Daily Record. “Kids are the best way (to spread the message). They retain (the information); they remember it."