Drilling opponents tie NE Ohio rally to new film

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Anti-drilling demonstrators in northeast Ohio say a new movie inspired their protest in Youngstown, where deep injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing was linked to a series of earthquakes.

Demonstrator Jane Spies (speez) says about 40 people attended the Friday rally by the Frackfree America National Coalition. It's drawing attention to an initiative it's pursuing that would prohibit drilling rigs, wastewater deep-injection wells and other oil and gas infrastructure around homes, schools, cemeteries, parks and national forests.

In the trailer for the movie "Promised Land," starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, the land man played by Damon says an upcoming community vote will hurt his chances of getting people to sign new oil and gas leases.

The Youngtown-based group says it hopes its efforts put up similar roadblocks in Ohio.