‘Great turnout’ for screening of fracking film

Pocklington Arts Centre
Pocklington Arts Centre

About 120 people descended on Pocklington Arts Centre for the screening of ‘Living with Fracking’.

The film, made by Ryedale couple, Jo and Steve White, presents people’s experiences of fracking in Pennsylvania in America.

Debs England, from the anti-fracking group, Frack Free Pocklington Area, which organised the screening, said: “It was a great turnout and I think many people were shocked at what they saw, in terms of the way fracking has affected people’s lives in Pennsylvania.”

Debs added: “What is very concerning is that on 23 May, North Yorkshire County Council voted to approve the planning application by Third Energy for a fracking well at the KM8 site in Kirby Misperton. This was despite over 4,000 letters of objection and representations from many people on the day regarding the risks and dangers associated with the fracking industry.”

According to Debs, the concern many people have is that this will be a green light for other energy industries who currently have licences and want to start drilling for shale gas.

She says East Yorkshire is an area that is heavily licensed and feels that many people who live in the county are still unaware of this.

Anyone interested in joining Frack Free Pocklington Area is invited to go along to their next meeting which will be on Thursday (2 June) at 7.30pm at the Christian Fellowship meetings rooms on Chapmangate in Pocklington, or contact them by emailing frackfreepocklington@gmail.com or visiting their Facebook page - www.facebook.com/groups/frackfreepocklington.