All We Are Saying Is Don’t Give Fracking A Chance
The Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland may have started the conversations about fracking and its effect on drinking water and the environment, but now the entertainment business is getting involved as the process is moving closer to their homes.
With New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo considering opening up the state to the controversial process of obtaining natural gas, Yoko and Sean Lennon have launched Artists Against Fracking to prevent it from happening in New York.
Stars often associated with New York City including Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Uma Therman, Liv Tyler, and Anne Hathaway are lending their support to the movement and are being joined by their West coast counterparts including Flea, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Watt, and Bonnie Raitt.
“Protecting are drinking water is fundamental to life. And people know worldwide as a species, we are near a tipping point – it could go either way,” explained Sean Lennon. “We all have a responsibility to preserve the planet’s life-support systems for future generations.
America’s Natural Gas Alliance, an organization whose members drill and sell natural gas (and have developed Web pages to dispute what was shown in Gasland), disputes the assertions made in Gasland and believes fracking is perfectly safe.
Artists Against Fracking are going to have a battle on their hands as their opposition is well-armed with veterans from oil and gas industry (along with some ex-Clinton staffers) and are well-funded. But if we had to pick between lobbyists and musicians, we’ll definitely side with the artists. They have the cool factor and have chosen the environmentally correct side on this issue.