From a press release:
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have launched the
#DontFrackNY video contest and placed a full-page ad in Monday's New York Times to
amplify the call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking for gas in the
“We need the talent and power of creative people to show how dirty and dangerous
fracking is,” said Ono. “We need to shine a light on the blatant propaganda of the oil and
Ono and Lennon will judge video submissions in two categories: 1) the best 30 second
TV ad against fracking and 2) a short video of three minutes or less educating people
about the hazards of fracking.
Ono and Lennon will select one winning video from each category and treat the winners
to lunch with them both in New York City. In addition, the winning television ad will also
be broadcast in the New York City and Albany media markets. Both the short video and
the ad will be featured on www.artistsagainstfracking.com and www.causes.com, plus
the websites of numerous activist organizations.
“The #DontFrackNY video contest is about empowering creative people and agencies to
help protect our health, air, water, beautiful rural areas and climate from fracking,” said
Lennon. “Help us convince Governor Cuomo to ban fracking and instead make New
York the Clean Energy Empire State.”
The ad in today’s New York Times calls on Governor Cuomo to “Imagine There’s No
Fracking… and give clean energy a chance.” It points out how cement leaks in wells at
great depths used in fracking, poisoning drinking water with gases and toxic chemicals.
The ad reads: “No amount of regulation can ever make fracking safe. No one can be
sent thousands of feet under the earth to make repairs once the cement fails – and it
will. The enormous pressure and temperature changes at those depths guarantee it.”
The ad continues, “Fracked gas is not climate friendly. Methane is a powerful
greenhouse gas that leaks from the failed wells, fractured rock and pipelines…. New
York can become the Clean Energy Empire State. With an economy bolstered by
insulating all buildings. This way we could save far more energy and create FAR more
jobs than fracking, plus save consumers money forever. And let’s scale up solar and
wind power with a smart grid for truly clean, economical energy.”
Ono and Lennon launched Artists Against Fracking in August. It now has more than
200 members including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway,
Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler,
Mario Batali, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and
For information on the video contest, please go to www.artistsagainstfracking.com. The
deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 20th at midnight eastern standard time.
To see the ad, go to http://bit.ly/frackad. Sign and share the petition to ban fracking at
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.