Anti–fracking meeting planned in Epworth

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A new community action group - called Frack Free Isle (FFI) – is to hold its first public meeting on Thursday, October 1.

It will be held at Epworth’s Wesley Memorial Church Hall on the town’s High Street. Admission is free and the event starts at 7pm.

Frack Free Isle has been set up to oppose hydraulic fracturing - fracking – for shale gas and other fossil fuels anywhere in the Isle of Axholme.

Guest speaker at the meeting will be Gayzer Frackman - he changed his name by deed pole. He has been at the forefront of the UK’s anti-fracking campaign since an earthquake, which he claims was caused by fracking in 2011, damaged his house in Lancashire. A film will be shown and there will then be a question and answer session.

FFI spokesman Andrew McLeod, who lives in Haxey, said: “The experiences of communities in the USA and Australia, where fracking is already well established, warns us that technology comes with serious risks of water and air pollution and the industrialising of our rural landscape.

“Some health professionals want fracking because of the risks to public health. Polls consistently show that a large majority of people don’t want fracking to take place near their homes,” he added.

Mr McLeod said it was expected that IGas would be submitting a planning application at its Misson Springs site and that Egdon Resources has already has permission to drill at Laughton.

“Both these sites are very close to the Isle and we know of other sites in and near the Isle where planning applications for exploratory boreholes have been made,” he said.

Further details on the meeting and FFI can be found at Frack Free Isle and the group can be contacted on frackfreeisle@gmail.com