Come and get informed about what might soon be happening in a field near you if you don’t stand up and do something about it. Kent is one of the target areas for fracking operations − we are sitting on a layer of shale deep below the ground. Fracking aims to extract the natural gas from it to fuel our power stations. Permission has already been granted by Kent County Council for exploratory drilling at Woodnesborough.
We’re hosting a screening of a new film about fracking at the Gulbenkian Cinema on the University of Kent campus on Saturday, 13th July. It’s called Drill, Baby, Drill after the phrase used by an American senator at the 2008 Republican National Convention, calling for increased domestic production of oil. This documentary film shows the disastrous effects of fracking on the environment, water supply, air quality and human, as well as animal, health in Poland and the USA.
Our screening at the Gulbenkian is free, so you won’t find it in the cinema programme. We have the space from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on 13th July, so the film will be followed by a discussion for which we are lining up prominent and knowledgeable speakers for both sides. Keith Taylor, our Green MEP for the South-East, will be introducing the film and taking part in the discussion. He has just returned from a tour of fracking sites in Poland.
To book free tickets for the Gulbenkian showing, go to: http://drillbabydrillcanterbury.eventbrite.co.uk/
To see trailers for the film go to:
For more about the film on Facebook go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378240439059456/?ref=22
You can read more about fracking and the huge risks involved here on the blog: http://canterburygreen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/fracking.html