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“Right now, some people are trying to make easy money, and meanwhile ruin this country’s future, by a thing called ‘fracking.’” – Yoko Ono


Yoko and Sean were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York – directly impacting their home in upstate New York. In less than 10 days, they gathered nearly 150 fellow artists to join them in the founding of Artists Against Fracking in August 2012.

Today, at nearly 200 members Artists Against Fracking works to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. At its core, we believe that fracking for shale gas is a danger to New Yorkers. Inevitably, the process leads to the  release of toxic chemicals — many of which are unknown and unreported — into our air and water.


“Though my father died when I was 5, I have always felt lucky to live on land he loved dearly; land in an area that is now on the verge of being destroyed.” – Sean Ono Lennon


  • Roberto

    Would it be prudent for Artists Against Fracking to register as a lobby? Disadvantages? Advantages?

    I read an article in Crain’s on this subject.


  • http://twitter.com/56blitz Tom Lavin

    Imagine you got your collective heads out of the 60′s and 70′s.

    • Eric Walton

      I suppose that injecting thousands of tons of undisclosed toxins and carcinogens into the Earth is a twenty-first century kind of thing to do and these people should really get with the times, eh? Yeah, makes perfect sense.

      • Paul Martin

        Frac’ing has been around since the 1940s

    • Morgan-Ellis Leah

      what an original and inspiring post. In that you have single handedly disproved your own narrow minded point, recognizing that for over 50 years we still feel the need to damage the Earth. Surely after this length of time, ourselves as a nation should be trying to help our current environmental climate, not damage it further by including our selves in a selfish act such as fracking. Whom’s only worth is that of the people gaining money from such a lucdicrous action. So, you where saying?

      • Paul Martin

        umm. doesn’t really hurt the environment soo….your wrong

  • Paul Kennedy

    Classic NIMBYism

    • Eric Walton

      As I understand it, Artists Against Fracking condemns fracking anywhere, not just in New York. Nowhere have I read that they condone fracking as long as it’s not done in New York state. Unless you can prove otherwise, your NIMBYism argument simply does not stand.

  • http://twitter.com/_slam_DUNK Mitch Dunklebarger

    If you are interested in supporting research on the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling on headwater streams in Pennsylvania please visit: http://tinyurl.com/frackingres…. Thank you!!

  • steve smyth

    The best way to stop fracking is to negate the value of the fuel.
    Here’s a good start… http://spacesymbiosis.blogspot.com
    TelecomsatG2…Earth’s first self-launching, recyclable, zero debris satellite will change the face of energy by freeing bazillion$ currently targeted for Space Junk remediation and redirecting those funds toward alternative fuel sources.
    Nat’l Gas is a temporary economic boom…filling a gap…there are much better ways to fill that gap…public interest and funding are what’s needed to make this happen.
    G2 provides the platform for change…after that, it’s up to us.
    Steve Smyth

  • John Williams

    Please come to OHIO Aug 23-25. No Fracking Way America’s International Gathering will be a great weekend! http://nofrackingwayamerica.org

  • Scarllet Wolf

    “Dear MEPs,

    You are no doubt aware of the critical situation which has unfolded in Pungesti, Romania, where hundreds of riot police have moved in overnight to remove a camp of peaceful protectors on private land where Chevron plans to carry out shale gas exploration – in fact the rig has already moved in. I have been receiving a constant stream of updates from my friends in Romania since early this morning. If you would like to read them, let me know and I can forward them to you. Below is one such update via a friend of mine, Marina Stefan.

    I am calling on all MEPs who oppose fracking to show their solidarity with the community of Pungesti by organising a protest outside the Romanian perm rep and embassy this week. The Bulgarians are organising a protest outside the Romanian embassy in Sofia on Wednesday. Can the same happen in Brussels?

    Any assistance is much appreciated. Please write about it on your blogs, newsletters, organise an email action campaign to embassies, etc. but most of all we need to make our protest to these gross human rights violation very visible.”

    Best regards,
    Geraldine Ring
    Fracking Free Ireland – Brussels

  • Frank Chernega

    How can anyone take a parasite seriously? 2 folks living off the money of a man killed in 1980. All they are interested in is their summer mansion in upstate and screw the farmers teetering on bankruptcy.

  • Born2Soon
  • Enlightened

    First, this site is devoid of any real information regarding fracking. Second, the real question is whether this country and its’ citizens are ready to take personal responsibility for their energy usage. My guess is that not many of the 99% are willing to trade the lifestyle cheaply afforded to them by oil and gas.

  • Bumr50

    You lost me when you said that “fracking” was “new”…

    People have been extracting gas this way safely for many years.

    You could at least be honest and say that you’re “artists against using fossil fuels no matter what” and then we might be able to have a debate.

    But don’t let me catch you in a car, bus, or airplane…

    I’m all for reasonable and environmentally sustainable solutions, but this site is so short on actual data it’s laughable. And pretty obvious that you don’t have ANY reasonable data to support your positions and generalizations.

    There are intrinsic risks with ANYTHING. Until you prove to me that you guys are anything but utopian hypocrites long on soundbites from morons but short on hard data, save your sanctimonious spiel.

  • Jane Flury

    a little bitter Frank?

  • Jim Hughes

    There is a drilling technology that eliminates the need for hydraulic fracturing.
    It is called “underbalanced drilling”.