The music world has thrown itself into the fracking fray. Led by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, a group of songsters and Hollywood types have launched Artists Against Fracking to galvanize opposition to hydraulic fracturing in New York.
The coalition is taking to social media and the web to push an anti-fracking email campaign to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently released a limited plan for hydraulic fracturing to end what has effectively been a moratorium on the practice in much of the state. The method for enhanced natural gas production has created a firestorm of debate in New York, which houses a chunk of the bountiful Marcellus Shale.
The group said its mission will focus on raising awareness and peaceful democratic action against shale gas production.
“We think the most affective thing to do is for people to contact Cuomo,” Sean Lennon told the Associated Press. “All of our efforts are just focused on New Yorkers and people that live in the state writing emails and calling his office and letting them know that we want to protect our water and we want to protect the air and that we don’t want New York to be fracked.”
Among the other famous names listed as Artists Against Fracking memebers: Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Robert DeNiro, Ringo Starr, Uma Thurman, Anne Hataway, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltro and Roberta Flack.
This isn’t Ono’s and Lennon’s first public protest against fracking. The mother-son duo appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last month singing “Please, don’t frack my mother.”