As a North Somerset resident are you aware that a company called Southwestern Energy have been awarded a licence to explore and drill for oil and gas in the region? Did you know that, subject to planning approvals, well pads and drilling rigs could be situated within 200 metres of your house, school or favourite recreational areas? Are you aware of the considerable health and environmental concerns related to the process called fracking? Risks that include birth defects, respiratory disorders, earthquakes, explosions, noise and light pollution, rural degradation, habitat loss, groundwater contamination, toxic spills etc etc…?
Frack Free EQS (Exmoor-Quantock-Sedgemoor) are a recently formed community action group dedicated to raising awareness about the concerns related to onshore oil and gas development and the controversial process of fracking. We would like to invite you to a film screening of Groundswell Rising, a documentary about fracking in America and the social movement which has emerged from affected communities. It is informative, daunting, inspiring and hopeful all at once. Mark Lichty from Pennsylvania in the USA is the film's executive producer and will be in England on a nine day tour and will be present at the screenings.
Mark has long been involved in issues of social justice and change through organizations such as Common Cause, Project for Nuclear Awareness and others. He is an attorney and a former CEO of Bustin Industrial Products. He used to believe gas was a solution to future energy needs and spent tens of thousands of dollars converting his plant to gas and had no issues with fracking at that time. When he subsequently became involved with the research for the Groundswell Rising film, he changed his position completely. He now believes fracking is the major issue of our times and, due to the health and environmental consequences, is a moral issue as well.
This is a great opportunity to come and find out more about fracking and hear first-hand from someone who has lived side by side with the industry and has documented people taking charge of defending their communities against its inherent dangers. There will also be a chance to find out about the situation with the fracking licences that affect the North Somerset coast and inland areas from Bristol to Blue Anchor.
Friday 4th November at 7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Bridgwater Arts centre, 11-13 Castle Street, TA6 3DD
Free Admission - Donations Welcome - arrive early as seating is limited
There will be a bar and light refreshments available and the event will finish in time for you to soak up the atmosphere and pre-Carnival festivities!