Outdoor advertising companies – aka billboards – are rejecting fracking cautionary ads as “too controversial.” Meaning the frackers call the company and tell them they don’t like the ad. So the billboard company doesn’t take it.
Banned ads included an image of a gas well flare – which of course sounds like a jet engine and is one of the many joys of living in a shale gas field. Which is maybe why the frackers prevailed on the billboard company to not take Rebecca Roter’s ad.
And as recently as last month, Park Outdoor refused to take Gas Free Seneca’s ad that featured an apparently “controversial” picture of . . . . Seneca Lake:
From: yvonne taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Billboard Advertising in Watkins Glen
Cc: “jeff dembowski” <email@example.com>, “Joseph Michael Patrick Campbell” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, June 28, 2013, 12:49 PM
Dear Mr. Leipold,
We inquired about advertising on several billboards in the Watkins Glen area. Everything seemed to be going along fine in acquiring ad space, until it was learned that we are a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the region. Then we were told that we were not permitted to do business with you.
We represent 155 area businesses, and are incredulous that we would not be permitted to place the image attached in a few locations this summer. Click on the link to see the list of businesses who are part of our organization. http://gasfreeseneca.com/?page_id=98
We respectfully request that you reconsider your decision to prohibit us from placing ads with you. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.
Dr. Joseph Campbell