As a New Yorker who moved to the quiet countryside upstate a few years ago with my wife and three young children, I've been worried about fracking ever since I learned the word and heard this dangerous technology could be coming to town.
Where this risky gas drilling practice is already happening around the country -- including right next door in Pennsylvania -- we've seen grave consequences unfold: from drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals and radioactive waste, to residents reportedly getting sick, livestock dropping dead, homes exploding, and property values tanking.
If that sounds like something straight out of an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- well, it is. But it's also a true story we've heard over and over again, nationwide.
Now, the big oil and gas corporations are knocking on our doors in New York, eager to frack here. My greatest fear is this story will be my own -- my wife's, my children's, and my neighbors' across upstate New York. We're outraged that these powerful outsiders want to come into our communities and pump toxic chemicals into the ground, right next to our water wells.
My friends in the city share our fears. They know that New York City's world-class drinking water could be poisoned and forever destroyed if fracking moves in.
That's why I've rallied a group of them -- Ethan Hawke, Zoë Saldana, Amy Ryan, Nadia Dajani and Josh Charles -- to team up with leading environmental groups and speak up. And speak up we have -- letting you into our kitchens, on a walk with the dog, fly fishing and even into our bathrooms to show you how much we love our safe tap water.