What does fracking really mean?

What do you know about Fracking? If the answer is very little then you are welcome to come along to Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne on Thursday, March 7, at 7pm to a free public meeting to find out all about this technology, entitled ‘Shale Gas Fracking in Sussex: Heaven or Hell?’

If you care about the beautiful county of Sussex and want it to stay that way, spend just a couple of hours to make sure you are informed.

Speakers from Friends of the Earth, Sussex Extreme Energy Resistance and Frack Off will present the truth behind the spin about fracking: what the fracking process is, the impact of fracking in countries where it is already widespread (such as the USA, Canada and Australia), the risks involved to our environment and our health, and what we can do about fracking if we find those risks unacceptable.

The alternative to fracking, the vision of a clean energy future through renewables such as wind, solar and tidal power, will also be presented.

There will be an opportunity for the audience to put questions to all the speakers, and short videos about fracking will also be shown.

Why fracking in Sussex? Because there is shale gas deep under the Sussex earth and the first fracking well in Sussex is ready to go at Balcombe.

If that is successful, there could eventually be many hundreds of fracking wells drilled all over Sussex.

The UK government sees fracking as safe and as a crucial part of the answer to our energy crisis and to reducing our fuel bills.

Fracking has already started in Lancashire and has hit the national headlines by causing earthquakes there.

Andrew Durling

Co-ordinator of Eastbourne & District Friends of the Earth