Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Salman Rushdie, My Morning Jacket, Roberta Flack, Jimmy Fallon, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, the B-52′s, Patti Smith, and the list goes on, rolling across the screen on the website of the latest anti-drilling group Artists Against Fracking. Led by Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono, the organization will hold its first event Wednesday, a press conference in New York City.
Sean Lennon has an op-ed in the New York Times today, writing about his childhood memories of the family farm in upstate New York, where large natural gas deposits lie beneath the ground.
“A few months ago I was asked by a neighbor near our farm to attend a town meeting at the local high school. Some gas companies at the meeting were trying very hard to sell us on a plan to tear through our wilderness and make room for a new pipeline: infrastructure for hydraulic fracturing. Most of the residents at the meeting, many of them organic farmers, were openly defiant. The gas companies didn’t seem to care. They gave us the feeling that whether we liked it or not, they were going to fracture our little town.”
Gov. Cuomo is expected to announce new gas drilling rules soon, thereby lifting the moratorium on gas drilling in New York State.