John Lennon has to be beaming from the great beyond, as Yoko Ono and their son Sean Lennon have stepped up the fight to stop natural gas drilling through hydraulic fracturing in central New York State.

Ono and Lennon today formally announced the “Artists Against Fracking” coalition, which they assembled in order to attempt to convince Governor Andrew M. Cuomo not to allow the fracking of the Marcellus Shale. More than 180 artists and well-known celebrities have joined the campaign including Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney, who have signed their name on a letter addressed to Governor Cuomo in request of a meeting on the subject.

“What distinguishes us is that we have the ear of our audiences and we have a collective presence,” said Lennon about his coalition.

New York officials are in the midst of deciding whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state. The Marcellus Shale, located in the Town of Marcellus in Onondaga County, is supposedly full of very hard to get to natural gas reserves and is the prime target of gas and oil companies looking for profits. In order to get to the reserves, companies have to use the hydraulic fracturing method of drilling, which has been determined to be detrimental to the quality of local water supplies and air quality along with being implicated in some earthquake activity. Recently both Vermont and the country of France banned the practice, but I’m willing to bet that the U.S. as a whole does nothing of the sort.

As for the Artists Against Fracking group, hopefully Ono and Lennon put in a call to actor Mark Ruffalo, who has been a vocal critic and activist against fracking for quite some time now. Here’s to hoping they get that meeting with Governor Cuomo and they are able to convince him to not allow fracking in New York State.

[via The New York Times]

Image Credit: Artists Against Fracking