“Governor Cuomo, Since you haven’t met with me about the dangers of fracking, I will show you now on TV:

• Tap water too toxic to drink or bathe in
• 60 percent of wells leak over time
• And they’re much too deep to fix
• Keep our water safe
• Keep fracking out of New York.

P.S. Nice to meet you, Governor.” – yoko

Join us at ArtistsAgainstFracking.com to add your voice.

“After visiting with families in Pennsylvania whose water, homes and lives have been hurt by the gas industry, I wanted to show Gov. Cuomo and the public what I saw. He must know what could happen to New Yorkers — our air, our water, our climate — if he allows fracking” – Yoko Ono Lennon

“We hope Gov. Cuomo makes New York the clean energy state, not the dirty fracking state,” Artists Against Fracking Co-founder Sean Ono Lennon.

Artists Against Fracking TV Advert to air in New York City

February 7, 2013 – (NEW YORK)

As the deadline for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision on gas fracking approaches later this month, Artists Against Fracking has stepped up its campaign calling for a permanent moratorium on fracking.

On Feb. 8, a 30-second TV ad will begin airing in New York City, Westchester and Albany featuring Artists Against Fracking co-founder Yoko Ono addressing the Governor:

“Gov. Cuomo, since you haven’t met with me about the dangers of fracking, I will show you now on TV,” Yoko says in the spot. Visuals of fracking then run interspersed with the headlines: Tap water too toxic to drink or bathe in; 60 percent of wells leak over time: And they’re much too deep to fix. Keep our water safe. Keep fracking out of New York.” Yoko then comes back on camera to close with “P.S. Nice to meet you, Governor.” John Lennon’s song “Gimme Some Truth” is the soundtrack of the ad.

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have repeatedly asked to meet with the Governor, along with experts on fracking including Dr. Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University. They have also praised the Governor for his recent actions on clean energy and gun control.

The ad will air in New York on Friday through next week, when Cuomo could make his decision.

In addition to Ono’s ad, Artists Against Fracking will purchase television time to air the winning TV ad submission from the group’s #DontFrackNY video contest. Nearly 100 videos were submitted to the contest by the Jan. 30 deadline in two categories: short videos and TV-ready ads. Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, reviewed submissions, and together selected one winner from each category.

Michael Lebron’s winning 30-second TV ad will air in the New York City and Albany media markets next week. Mariah Prentiss, staff advisor of New York Youth Against Fracking, submitted the winning short video, which will be featured on Artists Against Fracking website and distributed online to millions by activist groups and social media channels. All winning and runner-up videos from the contest can be viewed at www.artistsagainstfracking.com.

Artists Against Fracking also just released Director Josh Fox’s mini-doc about the group’s recent bus tour to Pennsylvania fracking sites, which you can watch above.

Fox is the creator of the anti-fracking documentary “Gasland,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011. Fox’s new mini-documentary is being distributed by MoveOn.org and many other activist groups, and is featured on The Huffington Post. It can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/58660040. In the video, Yoko and Sean also directly address the Governor.

Gov. Cuomo could make his decision on whether or not to allow fracking for natural gas in New York as early as Feb. 13, but no later than Feb. 27. For more updates on Artists Against Fracking’s response to the approaching deadline or to see the ads and videos, please visit artistsagainstfracking.com.

Further reading:

“I was there. I saw it. It made me cry.” by Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Susan Sarandon & Arun Gandhi’s visit to Philadelphia on behalf of Artists Against Fracking to find out what Fracking and the Gas Industry has done to the homes and families in the area.

Albany’s Times Union 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.