BY Celeste Katz
Michelle Williams, who parlayed a role on the ’90′s hit show “Dawson’s Creek” into a film career that’s ranged from turns in “Brokeback Mountain” to “My Week With Marilyn,” is the voice of a new anti-hydrofracking radio campaign in New York’s Southern Tier.
The spot, which debuted today in the Binghamton market, is financed by NY SAFE and Catskill Mountainkeeper. The fracking debate is heating up amid reports that the Cuomo administration is considering allowing limited gas drilling.
Arguing that hydrofracking presents a serious danger to water supplies, Williams — who is working with “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox and many other activists on the project — says, “In New York State, we’ve been good stewards of the land. Our water resources are in great shape, and we need them to stay that way — forever. As a mother, I want to pass on a beautiful and healthy New York to my daughter, and to the next generation.”
Said Fox, whose video “The Sky Is Pink” focuses on the fracking debate here in New York, “As the risks of contamination from fracking continue to come to light, more and more New Yorkers are saying it’s just not worth it. The science is clear — it’s not a question of whether our drinking water could be polluted, it’s a question of when. Six percent of these wells fail as soon as they’re drilled, so toxins can seep out immediately. And with the potential for tens of thousands of wells in New York, six percent is a lot of failure. I just don’t think Gov. Cuomo wants that on his record — I think he will make the better choice.”
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