Ever heard of fracking?
If not, you are not alone. However, be warned: once you learn about this dirty energy you'll become angry, you might become a little frightened, but most of all we hope you'll become involved, because communities across the country are counting on us.
So what is fracking, and who is getting fracked?
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. First, deep wells are drilled straight down through the aquifer. Next, millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals are pumped down, breaking apart the rock and freeing trapped natural gas along with other dangerous materials.
There are more than 27,000 wells in the US and each well uses 1-8 million gallons of water and 80-300 tons of chemicals each time it's fracked. However, only 4 states have robust drilling rules in place. Can you believe that the fracking industry remains exempt from Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air Acts, hazardous waste disposal, and other federal regulations?
Not only are companies dodging regulation and pumping a toxic cocktail of chemicals into the earth, but fracking operations are contaminating major water sources, speeding up climate change, and polluting our air. Communities across the country are living with these devastating impacts of fracking; that's why communities in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other states are demanding that fracking be banned. In fact, Vermont has already banned fracking in the state.
Something has got to change.
Believing that this way of extracting natural gas is one of the dirtiest ways to produce energy, Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon started the Artists Against Fracking campaign. The effort is bringing together a group of nearly 200 artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are raising awareness of this dirty energy and rallying public support for clean alternatives. Their fight is starting first with a nationwide push to pressure New York Governor Cuomo to permanently ban fracking in the state. Join the movement by sharing this video with your friends.
Update from Yoko Ono:
I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for joining the Artists Against Fracking campaign. I can hardly believe the momentum you've helped create in opposition to fracking in New York and across the country. The work being done is a true inspiration.
If you haven't added your voice to the petition to ban fracking please join us (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498), your voice is important.
Thinking about this year, my thoughts drift back to when John (Lennon) and I first bought our farm in Delaware County, New York. Tucked away in the Catskill mountains, we were a part of a tight-knit community surrounded by pristine rivers and beautiful wildness. Now this community, and hundreds just like it, are threatened as Governor Cuomo considers lifting New York's moratorium on fracking.
This year has been critical to raising awareness about fracking as a dirty, dangerous energy. Now we need to act! 2013 is about taking that awareness and turning it into action. I don't want fracking in my community; I don't want fracking in ANY community. Next year is going to be a very important turning point for us.
The first two weeks of 2013 are critical. By signing and sharing the petition (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498) now, your voice will have 2x the power. Not only will your petition be delivered to Governor Cuomo in February, but it will also be delivered to the Department of Environmental Conservation on Jan 11 as an official comment opposing fracking. We want to break the record for official comments and we'll need your help. You can do this by signing the petition (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498) and then sharing the petition (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498?open_inviter=true) with your friends and family.
Sean and I wish you a very happy holiday.
HAVE YOU SEEN TODAY'S NEW YORK TIMES AD?
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon placed a full-page ad in the Dec. 10 New York Times, calling on Governor Cuomo to "Imagine There's No Fracking… and give clean energy a chance." The ad illustrates and describes how cement in wells at such great depths leaks, poisoning drinking water with gases and toxic chemicals. You can join the calls for Gov. Cuomo to "Imagine There's No Fracking" by signing and spreading the petition (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498) urging him to ban fracking in New York.
"No amount of regulation can ever make fracking safe," the ad reads. "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."