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Controversy shuts down educational program with Ohio’s oil and gas industry

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A recent collaboration between Cleveland-based Radio Disney and Ohio's oil and gas industry has been cut short by a backlash from environmental groups.

The idea behind Rocking in Ohio was to promote learning science by showing elementary students how oil and gas pipelines work.

But state environmental groups criticized the program saying it's not balanced.

A local geology professor, who develops educational programs for kids, says he was unimpressed by the program when it stopped in Youngstown.

"Science is about making observations, coming up with questions, doing inquiries, testing hypothesis. This seemed to be more just a pr show for the oil and gas industry and how great it is," said  Dr. Raymond Beiersdorfer, Youngstown State University geology professor.

Rhonda Reda with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program told our Columbus affiliate, NBC 4, "At no time did this program say you should support oil and gas."

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