Screening of fracking film at arts centre

The fracking film will be screened at Pocklington Arts Centre
The fracking film will be screened at Pocklington Arts Centre

A film about fracking and the effects it has had on residents in America will be screened at Pocklington Arts Centre next week.

Organised by Debs England, from anti-fracking group ‘Frack Free Pocklington Area’, the free to enter event will take place at Pocklington Arts Centre on Thursday (26 May) at 7pm. It will also feature a question and answer session with Ryedale couple Jo and Steve White, who made the film. as well as a talk from Dr Tim Thornton, a retired North Yorkshire GP, who has concerns about the health impacts of fracking. The film presents people’s experiences of fracking in Pennsylvania.

Debs said: “It is important that people are made aware of the potential consequences of fracking in the UK and here in East Yorkshire we are in one of the heavily licensed areas. Licences have been granted to energy companies without the public being made aware of the implications and the impacts that this could have on their lives. Fracking is new to the UK so we need to look at the evidence from other countries, such as the US, where it has been happening for around 10 years.”

Frack Free Pocklington Area was set up to raise awareness about and prevent all forms of unconventional gas extraction in the local community.