On Thursday, the Fenton and Artists Against Fracking teams spent the day taking a field trip to Northeast Pennsylvania to take a look at the impact of fracking on people, property, and local economies. Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Susan Sarandon, Arun Gandhi, and Gasland director Josh Fox joined the press, EPA whistleblower Weston Wilson, and local activists to visit drilling sites and homes of residents whose health and property have been affected by fracking. The press, including the Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and local broadcast channels, got the chance to document some of the devastation that New Yorkers could soon face if Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides to allow fracking for natural gas in New York.
Those on the tour heard from families about the growing presence of fracking in the area. Sean and Yoko delivered gallons of clean drinking water to Ray Kemble, whose tap water has been affected by fracking. (Watch Ray’s story here.) Not surprisingly, word spread quickly about the tour, and faces from the gas industry greeted us at stops by swarming the bus and attempting to block entrances to fracking sites. We can’t imagine why they’d be trying to hide something!
Here are some of our favorite photos of the day, courtesy of our CEO David Fenton:
Sean and Yoko on the bus en route to Dimock, PA
Sean, Yoko, and Susan Sarandon
Ray Kemble shows Yoko and Sean what’s happened to his tap water
Sean and Yoko spent time with the Manning family, whose water has been contaminated by fracking