Hearing about Star Trek actors protesting fracking might at first make a typical fan think the genre is being confused with “Battlestar Galactica.” But fracking — where miners drill into the Earth, shooting a high-pressure water mix to release the gas inside — is a real environmental concern to many, including popular Trek actors J.G. Hertzler and James Cromwell.
The two were arrested Monday morning during a protest at Seneca Lake, just north of Watkins Glen. They were among 19 people put in cuffs for blocking traffic in and out of the Crestwood Midstream facility, where a company looks to store materials needed for fracking.
Hertzler, who is a local elected official in the nearby town of Ulysses, played the one-eyed Klingon Gen. Martok in 27 episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” but also appeared as other characters in both “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Cromwell is best-known for his outing as Zefram Cochrane in 1996’s “Star Trek: First Contact,” but also has made other appearances in the Trek franchise, including three episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and an episode of DS9. Archive footage from his role in “First Contact” was used in the popular “In the Mirror Darkly” episodes of “Enterprise,” and he even made an uncredited appearance in the show’s pilot episode.