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Exclusive: Paul McCartney invited to contribute song to new anti-fracking album

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Paul McCartney, who it was announced June 2 has joined Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon as opposing fracking, has been asked to include one of his songs on an upcoming anti-fracking compilation, Jason Samel, an organizer of the compilation, told Beatles Examiner exclusively Monday. The album, to be titled “Buy This Fracking Album,” will be released sometime in 2014, though he said no specific date has been set.

“Buy This Fracking Album,” from the organizers of the previous “Occupy This Album” benefit album, will feature songs from both well-known and emerging artists who are against fracking. The initial artist line-up for the album includes Pete Seeger, Anti Flag, Rusted Root, Bonnie Raitt, Rootz Underground, Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz, Mike + Ruthy, Tom Chapin, David Amram, Chris Merenda, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jay Samel with DJ Logic, Josh Fox and Moon Hooch.

The album will be released independently on the Movement Music Records label and will be sold both digitally and physically, Samel says. Proceeds from sales will help the anti-fracking cause.

McCartney is among a group of celebrities who it was revealed Monday signed an open letter to the British government opposing fracking in the UK. The letter was printed on the website Talk Fracking, reports Business Green.com.

Other signers include Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Carr, Noel Fielding, Lily Cole, George Monbiot, Will Self, Jude Law, Russell Brand, Sir Anthony Gormley, Thom Yorke, Chrissie Hynde and Tracey Emin. The website is sponsoring a series of debates in the UK on the issue starting June 9 in Glasgow, Scotland and running through June 16 in London.

“The government is telling us that fracking is safe even though it is banned in several European countries and American states. There is substantial evidence showing that fracking causes water stress and risks water contamination and soil contamination, earth tremors and a threat to human, wildlife, bird, fish and livestock health,” the letter said. “We know that this technology will not bring down fuel bills and will not provide a jobs boom but it has the potential to leave a damaging environmental legacy for future generations.

“We need to talk about fracking. We the undersigned believe that the government must suspend fracking immediately while a genuinely independent, balanced and thorough public debate is held into the potential dangers this industry holds for the UK.”