Worksop: Time to give views on shale soon

Guardian News
Guardian News

UKOOG, the representative body for the UK Onshore Oil and Gas industry, has launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging people to ask questions about natural gas from shale - and they are coming to Worksop in September.

The company has organised the ‘Let’s talk about shale’ events because they say the public are subjected to a stream of information from a range of sources and much of this information is wrong.

The upcoming dates will give people the chance to ask the questions they would like to have answered.

Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG, said: “There are a lot of people out there who don’t know what natural gas from shale is and have questions about how it’s extracted.”

“‘Let’s talk about shale’ offers the public an opportunity to get to know the facts, rather than being forced into listening to what others think they should hear,” he added.

The dates for Worksop are Thursday 11th September and Tuesday 23rd September in the town centre.

The aim of the initiative will be to collate questions and have them answered by third party experts, including leading academics.

In addition, promotional events will take place in town centres where the public will be able to submit their questions to the ‘Let’s talk about shale’ digi-van.

Local clubs and community groups are also being offered the chance to discuss the subject and ask questions of independent local speakers.

Prof Sarah O’Hara, of the University of Nottingham, said: “Our polling shows people want to know more about shale so I welcome the industry’s efforts.”