LIVE: New Yorkers Against Fracking @ The Egg, 5/15/12

May 21st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
New Yorkers Against Fracking @ The Egg, 5/15/12 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Dan Zanes, Mazz Swift, John Sebastian, Joan Osborne and Natalie Merchant (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Jason Spiro

A backdrop of Lady Liberty pummeling oil rigs with her flaming torch served as the visual call to arms for New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 100 groups that rallied at the New York State Capitol on Monday afternoon before holding an all-star anti-fracking benefit concert at the Egg later that evening.

“Safe fracking is a fairy tale,” read a neon-green-lettered sign carried by one of the more creatively dressed concert attendees – many of whom sported anti-fracking stickers, signs and buttons at The Egg before the concert. Dressed as a “frack fairy,” she also had black bat wings, combat boots and a turquoise tutu.

But among the many emotional appeals of the night to prevent New York state from allowing hydrofracking – a controversial process for extracting natural gas by injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals deep underground – the most convincing image may have been a jug of murky, yellowish water that sat on a table in The Egg lobby.

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