Yoko Ono launches anti-fracking artists coalition

Yoko Ono launches anti-fracking artists coalition

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Artist Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon(L) attend the launch of Artists Against Fracking, an activist partnership project opposed to hydraulic fracking, at a press conference in New York, August 29, 2012. Artists Against Fracking is a new coalition of artists, musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking, which includes 146 members including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Salman Rushdie, Ringo Starr, David Bryne, Alec Baldwin, Marina Abramovic, Kronos Quartet, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali, Roberta Flack, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many others. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 6:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon are launching a coalition of artists, musicians and filmmakers who oppose hydraulic fracturing in New York state.

Ono, Lennon and Mark Ruffalo announced the formation of the group at a news conference Wednesday in Manhattan.

Artists Against Fracking includes big names like Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin.

The group hopes to influence Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) as he decides whether to allow shale gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, known as hydrofracking.

Ono and Lennon say the drilling can cause oil wells to leak harmful methane into public water supplies.

The group is calling on Cuomo to ban the practice in New York.

Cuomo is expected to allow drilling to begin on a limited basis near the Pennsylvania state line.

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