NEW YORK -- Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, have launched a coalition of artists, musicians and filmmakers who oppose hydraulic fracturing in New York state.
The formation of the group Artists Against Fracking was announced at a news conference in Manhattan.
The group’s formation comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to decide whether to allow shale gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing -- known as hydrofracking, or fracking -- after four years of studying its health and environmental impacts. The process uses millions of gallons of chemically treated water to blast open gas-rich shale deposits deep underground.
Ono and Lennon are calling on the governor to ban drilling in New York, which they said can cause gas wells to leak harmful methane into water supplies.
In a letter sent to Cuomo on Monday, Ono and Lennon called fracking "a danger to New Yorkers."
"Inevitably, the process leads to the release of toxic chemicals Š into our air and water," they wrote.
Proponents argue that drilling and fracking promises to deliver relatively cheaper natural gas and create hundreds of well-paying jobs in an economically depressed region.