Public Meeting: No to Fracking!
Wednesday 2nd October, 2013, 6-8pm,
Leeds University, Business School, Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre (G.02)
This summer, mass protests erupted when fracking company Cuadrilla started
drilling in Balcombe in Sussex. But fracking will soon be happening in the
*Cuadrilla had to stop when their first attempts at fracking in Lancashire
caused earthquakes and the casings of their wells were shattered. Now
they’re planning to start work in Lancashire again.
*Another fracking company, IGas, is planning to start work soon in Salford.
* Coal bed methane projects have been approved across Yorkshire.
* The Yorkshire coastline faces the threat of coal gasification – which
involves setting fire to coal seams to release gas.
*Fracking licences have been awarded in Malton North Yorkshire and
community resistance is building.
We have just enough time to stop fracking taking hold in the UK. The
industry is in its infancy and is vulnerable. Success lies with
nation-wide community resistance.
Join us at the public meeting to find out more about what fracking is and
how we can work together to stop fracking in the North:
* Report back from anti-fracking protests in Balcombe.
* Speakers on the issues around fracking and other unconventional fossil
* Speakers from local communities across the North fighting off fracking
including Residents Against Fracking in Fylde and Say No to Fracking on
What is fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and
injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture
shale rocks to release natural gas inside. It is associated with water
contamination, health problems in neighbouring communities, leakage of
methane causing climate change and the industrialization of the
countryside, amongst other impacts.