An anti-hydrofracking advertisement featuring actress Michelle Williams will begin airing on a Westchester County radio station today, according to a coalition of groups funding the spot.
Why air an ad in a county without any of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale beneath its surface? It’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s home county. (Today, the governor is in “the New York City area,” according to his public schedule.)
NYSAFE is working with “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox, and the radio spot (which first aired in the Binghamton market) features a number of statistics regarding gas well casing found in his newest short film, “The Sky is Pink.”
Television ads, meanwhile, aren’t far behind, according to the organizers behind the radio spot. Anti-fracking groups are putting together a television spot that will air in Binghamton—in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region. It’s expected to hit the airwaves in the next two weeks.
UPDATE: Plenty of pro-hydrofracking ads have been on the airwaves in recent weeks as well. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is airing radio spots (one just aired on Albany’s WGDJ-AM), while others have been sponsored by a coalition of New York groups, including the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and the Independent Oil & Gas Association.
Here’s the anti-fracking radio spot:
Also today, a group of Southern Tier hydrofracking opponents is also targeting Cuomo, albeit in a bit of a roundabout way.
Several organizations and Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, a Democratic critic of hydrofracking, will hold a press conference today to unveil a letter sent to Cuomo’s top 1,000 campaign donors, opposing a potential plan to open up five Southern Tier counties to hydrofracking.
The list of donors on the receiving end can be found here.