Yoko’s Albany Times Union Op-Ed: Imagine NY without fracking

Photo by Sean Lennon

Photo by Sean Lennon

Our co-founders Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon went to Albany, NY today to help deliver more than 200,000 public comments to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Governor Cuomo, all resoundingly in oppostion to fracking. It was the most public comments delivered on proposed regulations in state history.

Also today, Albany’s Times Union published an op-ed from Yoko, in which she explains why she and Sean are so invested in convincing Governor Cuomo to do the right thing by banning fracking and making New York the Clean Energy Empire State. Here’s what she said: Here’s what she said:

My husband, John Lennon, and I bought a beautiful farm in rural New York more than 30 years ago. We loved the tranquility and beauty of the area. Our son, Sean, spent many precious days there growing up. Our family still enjoys it now.

Like the rest of our state, this peaceful farming community is threatened by fracking for gas. Giant pipelines, thousands of tractor-trailer trucks ripping up roads, loud air compressors, air pollution — and most of all, the certainty of poisoned drinking water.

We can’t win the fight to keep our air and water clean without your help. Add your name to our petition right now.


  1. I love the Finger Lakes region of NY and am horrified by the idea of a Natural Gas Storage Facility being created in the salt caverns at Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake.

    This is not a benign operation, a similar facility has destroyed hundreds of acres of Louisiana Bayou. Don’t let that happen in NY.

    Say no to fracking and keep a very close eye on companion industries.

  2. Eleanor Herr says:

    PLEASE protect our clean water and air!! We live near Jordan Lake in Apex, NC which provides drinking water to thousands of families. Hydraulic fracturing will introduce poisonous chemicals into our beautiful environment, use millions of gallons of clean water, and produce millions of gallons of “used”, poisonous waste water that will need to be contained. Please save us from this unnecessary evil!

  3. I believe that this is one of the most important political stances of today, 2013. NY’s safety is not only important to me morally, but a huge influence on what’s going to happen in MY state, in MY county, on MY farm. It’s safe to say this is a subject that hits home for me. If anyone wants to check out https://soundcloud.com/willmarkley …. the 8th song down is a song I wrote about fracking about a year ago. Thank you Sean and Yoko for helping push this movement! John would be pleased!!!

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