Public meeting about fracking in Lewes tonight

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A public meeting in Lewes this evening (Friday) will focus on the fracking controversy.

With tax breaks and challenges to the industry from water companies hitting the news these last few days, together with pending decisions from the Environment Agency and the recent vote in the European Parliament, the developments over fracking in the UK have never been more frenetic or more closely scrutinised.

The meeting at the Subud Centre, Station Street (7.30pm), will bring residents up to date with the latest from those at the heart of local anti-fracking campaigns.

The evening will start with a showing of the film ‘Dash for Gas: Independence at a Price?’. This 30-minute documentary explores the dangers of fracking in the UK. Looking in particular at the areas of Blackpool and Sussex, it features interviews with residents, anti-fracking campaigners and also supporters of the shale gas industry to better understand the implications of this method of gas production being used in the UK.

The film will be followed by a talk by Will Cottrell from the campaign group Frack Off. He’ll be giving an overview of what’s happening on the ground, as well as commenting on various aspects of the fracking industry and thoughts about how best to campaign against it.

Jim Hindle, of Lewes Against Fracking, said: “Come and help determine how we might respond as a community to the ongoing threat posed by fracking in Sussex and further afield.

The evening is free to attend though donations would be welcomed.