The latest salvo in Hollywood’s fight against hydraulic fracturing, the oil and natural gas production technique often called fracking, comes in the form of a music video. The people appearing in it — from actors Fred Armisen and Adrian Grenier to music progeny Zoe Kravitz and Liv Tyler — lip-sync Sean Lennon’s anti-fracking anthem “Don’t Frack My Mother,” set partly to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”
Yoko Ono’s celebrity crusade against natural gas production in New York has sought to raise the heat on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he considers whether to lift the state’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The much-anticipated decision has been delayed amid rising tensions between those who see the economic benefits of tapping the gas-rich Marcellus Shale and those who fear the environmental and health consequences.
Ono and Lennon have sought to thrust their group, Artists Against Fracking, into the debate with appearances on late-night television shows, a television ad and the “Don’t Frack My Mother” tune. But critics say the group has run afoul of the law with it’s campaign by not registering as lobbyists.