Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon took joined protesters in Albany, New York who gathered together to voice concerns against hydraulic manufacturing otherwise known as ‘fracking’. The process used to drill for gas “kills the land, nature and, eventually, the whole world, and our dear planet which we think is a beautiful one,” according to Ono.
Yoko and Sean set up Artists Against Fracking last July and have been speaking out about it ever since. The dispute has taken a personal turn as a pipeline is planned to be built near to the house which Yoko shared with John in the Catskills. Sean said “I wanted to save my own house and drink the water first, and then it sort of escalated from there. That house was my dad’s house and still is, so I’m sure he would’ve been on our side.”
After speaking with journalists, Sean and Yoko headed over to the New York Gov. Michael Cuomo’s office and dropped off over 200,000 ‘comments of protest’ delivered in 50 boxes. Sandra Steingraber, scholar-in-residence at Ithaca College helped organize the comment-writing campaign. She said “All together, these send a resounding message: Safe fracking is a myth.No (regulations), especially these ones, can protect us” Fracking is currently banned in New York, but Gov. Cuomo’s administration will take a vote next month to allow it to start later in the year.