Sustainable Wallingford is screening a Canadian documentary, Shattered Ground, about fracking and the effect it has already had in Canada and the USA – a timely warning as the UK government tries to introduce it over here. Tickets are £5. It’s happening at the Corn Exchange, 7:30pm.
What will happen if fracking comes to Oxfordshire? Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist for Greenpeace, will be giving a talk in Woodstock on this subject. Come to the Community Centre, New Road, Woodstock, for 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd July.
This event is organised by Sustainable Woodstock (not by WDM). Free entry, all welcome.
A large expanse of north Oxfordshire has been identified as a possible site for fracking (drilling for shale gas). It won’t be long before companies begin applying for licences to drill in this part of Oxfordshire.
There will be a public meeting about the fracking threat on Friday, jointly organised by Oxon Against Fracking and Banbury & Cherwell Green Party. It will be chaired by Green MEP Keith Taylor.
The meeting will include a couple of short films about fracking, information about Keith’s personal experience of witnessing what it’s like to live near a fracking site and details of the areas in Oxfordshire where fracking could take place. There will also be a question and answer session.
Date & Time: Friday 10th January 2014, 7.30pm
Venue: Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane, Bicester (Sheep Street end)
This event is not organised by WDM.
Cabinet Minister Lord Browne has been appointed a Non-Executive Director in the Cabinet Office. This gives him influence in the government – but he is also Chairman of fracking company Cuadrilla. His company is currently exploring fracking sites in Lancashire and West Sussex. There is a change.org petition calling on Lord Browne to resign his Cabinet Office post on the grounds that this represents an unacceptable conflict of interest. Please sign if you agree. (This petition was created by Young Friends of the Earth, not WDM.)
Want to know more? The WDM “fracking web of power” is a useful guide to conflicts of interest between government and the fracking (hydraulic fracturing) industry.
Would you let an energy company ruin the area around your home town? Drill Baby Drill is the inspirational story of people in Poland and Pennsylvania standing up to the multinationals who want to use “fracking” (hydraulic drilling for shale gas) in their local areas.
Green MEP Keith Taylor is taking the film around South-East England and it comes to Oxford on Tuesday 16th July. Tickets are free, but space is limited so please book in advance.
The screening will be followed by a discussion on fracking, led by experts and activists. This event is not organised by WDM.