Big turnout at fracking event in Pocklington

The fracking information evening in Pocklington.
The fracking information evening in Pocklington.

More than 150 people packed out Pocklington’s Christian Fellowship Church to learn about fracking and were warned about the possible effects it could have on communities.

The fracking information evening yesterday (9 February) featured a presentation by Richard Howarth, of Frack Free East Yorkshire, who told the audience that the controversial extraction technique could have a variety of repercussions. He said it could cause small earthquakes, contaminate water supplies, exacerbate traffic conditions and cause house prices to decline.

He explained that fracking has caused problems in America and has had a detrimental effect on communities there.

The event featured a video of Peter Rollinson, a water quality engineer, talking about his views on fracking. He said: “I do not believe fracking is the best way forward. I have concerns that fracking will cause water contamination.”

Mr Rollinson claimed that if the large aquifer in East Yorkshire was contaminated as a result of fracking it could be “disastrous” for people in the county.

Another fracking information evening will be held in Market Weighton, next Monday (15 February), at the Community Hall, on Station Road.

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

See next week’s Pocklington Post (18 February) for more on this story.