Experts set to cross swords on fracking in Lewes

Two nationally recognised experts on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will cross swords at a debate on the subject organised by Lewes Energy Information Group (LEIG) at the All Saints Centre, Lewes on Sunday, October 6 (7-9pm).

Professor James Woudhuysen, of De Montfort University, will speak in favour and Professor David Smythe, of Glasgow University, will speak against.

Fracking is a technique for extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground.

Professor of International Development Raphael Kaplinsky, a member of LEIG, said: “Opinion on fracking has become very polarised. The Lewes public deserves a more informed debate on the issues. Will it contaminate our ground water? Will it contribute anything meaningful to our energy supply? Does it make sense financially? How and to what extent will it disrupt local communities? Why is the government subsidising it? How long will the shale boom last and how many wells will have to be drilled in Sussex to produce the targeted output?”