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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



  1. […] of fracking. They are asking everyone to “Imagine there’s no fracking…” Artists Against Fracking is a coalition of over 200 A-list artists from Lady Gaga to Paul McCartney who are taking a stand […]

  2. […] 25 musiciens, acteurs et comiques, ont participé à la vidéo.Avec cette vidéo, le collectif Artists Against Fracking espère dissuader le gouverneur de l’état de New York, Andrew Cuomo, d’autoriser le […]

  3. Roberto says:

    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.


  4. Tom Lavin says:

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

    • Eric Walton says:

      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.

    • Morgan-Ellis Leah says:

      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?

  5. Paul Kennedy says:

    Classic NIMBYism

    • Eric Walton says:

      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.

  6. 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!!

  7. steve smyth says:

    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

  8. […] vocal opponents of the drilling practice. Along with her son, Sean Ono Lennon, she helped launch Artists Against Fracking last summer, which now counts some 200 artists as […]

  9. […] opponents of the drilling practice. Along with her son, Sean Ono Lennon, she helped launch Artists Against Fracking last summer, which now counts some 200 artists as […]

  10. […] awareness about the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing. Ono and son Sean organized Artists Against Fracking last summer to protest against fracking in the state of New […]

  11. John Williams says:

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

  12. […] Ono recently curated this year’s Meltdown Festival in London and is a spokesperson for Artists Again Fracking. She will also be speaking in conversation with Rachel Kent as part of the Ideas at the […]

  13. […] In addition to coming together through song/video to send a message to Governor Cuomo this video, Yoko Ono and friends have been busy in other ways as well — learn about their efforts here  Artists Against Fracking […]

  14. Scarllet Wolf says:

    “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

  15. Frank Chernega says:

    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.

  16. Enlightened says:

    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.

  17. […] it be Yoko Ono, widow of Beatles legend John Lennon, who founded Artists Against Fracking? Or Tom Steyer, a San Francisco billionaire environmentalist? How much of his vast personal wealth […]

  18. Bumr50 says:

    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.

  19. Jane Flury says:

    a little bitter Frank?

  20. […] Free Colorado was co-founded in 2012 by Washington-based Food & Water Watch, Yoko Ono’s Artists Against Fracking, based in New York, and actor Mark Ruffalo’s Water Defense, also based in New York. The […]

  21. Jim Hughes says:

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