Hydrofracking Roundup: Pro-Fracking Groups Rally; Celebs Launch Anti-Fracking Group


Here’s the latest New York news as the hydrofracking world turns:

– A number of gas-industry and landowner groups held a big rally in northern Broome County yesterday, in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region that could soon see horizontal gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The “Vote 4 Energy” rally — organized by the American Petroleum Institute — attracted more than 1,500 people, according to New York Petroleum Council executive director Karen Moreau (who discussed the rally — and expressed bemusement with the lack of media coverage it garnered — on WGDJ-AM in Albany this morning.)

A few video clips (as well as the photo at left) have surfaced on industry group Energy in Depth’s Facebook page, including a particularly fiery speech from Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, one of the state Legislature’s biggest hydrofracking supporters.

While he repeatedly said he couldn’t commit to a date, Libous said a final state determination on hydrofracking “is coming.”

“I don’t know about you, I’m sick and tired of depending on people who want to kill us for those (natural) resources,” Libous said. “And my friends, that is a fact.”

Libous also criticized environmentalists who have “threatened” drilling supporters in the Legislature, and offered a full-throated endorsement of Broome County legislator Julie Lewis, a Vestal landowner who is challenging Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell.

— Meanwhile, Yoko Ono and her son — Sean Lennon, son of John — launched a new website on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, called ArtistsAgainstFracking.com.

The website essentially functions as a petition against hydrofracking, with about 120 celebrities signed on — ranging from Beatles drummer Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga to a cadre of bands enjoyed by the hipster crowd (The Flaming Lips, Wilco, MGMT and The Strokes, to name a few.)

Here’s Ono and Lennon discussing the effort on Fallon’s show. (Fallon, a Saugerties, Ulster County, native, is also signed on to the effort.)


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  1. How about a group that helps private well owners to fix there wells. We in PA could use a fundraiser and some celebrates to fix the poorly constructed private wells in PA. Another great program – help homeowners to switch to locally grown switchgrass and groundsource energy.

    Just a thought.

  2. It’s not often you hear that pro-fracking groups are rallying. They already have fracking in most areas, why fight for it? shalestuff.com has a ton of good info, check it out