Statement by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon for Artists Against Fracking
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon issued this statement today on behalf of the over 180 members of Artists Against Fracking, a group including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mark Ruffalo, Mario Batali, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert DeNiro, Gwyneth Paltrow and many others (for a full list go to www.artistsagainstfracking.com).
"We call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to clearly announce that he will not rush his health study of the effects of fracking for gas in order to meet an upcoming November 29th regulatory deadline.
No legitimate, credible health study can possibly be completed by next month. Any such rush would show that the health study announcement was a political diversion to mollify the growing opposition to fracking. We applauded the Governor for conducting such a study but are now quite alarmed.
We are also alarmed that there has been no transparency on this study. Who is conducting it and how? What experts are being consulted? There needs to be a public process and open hearings of course. Is it examining effects on water, air, pregnant women, agriculture, psychological stress, social health such as increased traffic accidents and crime, and strain on emergency services? The public has no idea.
We call on the Governor to immediately renounce the November 29th deadline in order to produce a real health study free of political pressure. This will mean re-starting the regulatory process. We must not rush. We also renew our request to meet with the Governor and Health Commissioner Dr. Shah as this study begins.
Fracturing bedrock for gas is an inherently dirty and unsafe technology. Cement and pipes at these great depths are simply not reliable, as the industry's own documents show. The pressures of the deep earth and the differences in temperature along the cement expand and contract it to the breaking point, some right away, more over time. Water laden with toxic chemicals leaks out into aquifers and wells. Powerful methane leaks into the air and further warms our climate. Pastoral rural areas are turned into brownfields.
New York can create far more jobs, and create and save far more energy than fracking will ever produce by insulating all buildings, replacing all windows, and greatly expanding clean, renewable energy. Let's make New York the clean energy state. Imagine Clean Energy. Don't Frack New York."
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.