An ad by Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling, an organization that has rallied against fracking—or hydraulic fracturing—for natural gas in New York, emphasizes the state’s need to preserve its water resources.
Fracking, a process of mining natural gas by pumping millions of gallons of toxic water into underground reserves, has sparked controversy in many parts of the country due to its potential to pollute water supplies and cause health problems. It is also the focal point of a fight over energy production in New York, with many in the state organizing against proposed fracking operations that might pollute entire watersheds ranging from the Catskills to New York City.
One such organization is Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling, which created this ad to call attention to the dangers of fracking in New York, emphasizing that the state’s water systems are relatively clean and that contamination from fracking would adversely affect millions of people.
The video features celebrities like Ethan Hawke (Training Day) and Zöe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), who remind viewers that New Yorkers rely on a clean, safe water system and who ask residents to join the fight against fracking for natural gas. Clips showing water use both in New York City and upstate indicate that the stability of ecosystems in rural areas are just as threatened as those in urban ones.