Sustainable Hayfield is delighted to be hosting ‘THE BIG FRACKING DEBATE’ at 8pm Thursday 26th June in The Royal, Hayfield (note change of location from Hayfield Cricket Club). Fracking (hydraulic fracturing of rock deep underground) for gas or oil is clearly emerging as a central plank of this government’s future energy policy. It’s making more and more land available, in principle, for test drilling and possible commercial extraction. This could see licensed exploration in special landscapes, including the Peak District and its National Park. And there’s talk of changing law to stop landowners vetoing fracking under their land.

So it’s clear there is (if you’ll forgive the pun) quite a head of steam behind fracking. But what is it, what are its economics, its scientific base, its environmental impacts?  There is much heat, loud claim and counter-claim, about all this. That’s why we’re hosting this event. And we’re delighted to have two worthy scientists with us, to help shape a local discussion around this.

Pete Webb, geologist and industrial consultant, has 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.  He considers that, responsibly managed, oil and gas extracted by shale fracking have an important role to play in making the UK less dependent on imported energy whilst alternative home sources of supply are developed;

Royston Sellman is a scientist who worked at and for the Centre for Sustainable Energy. He considers fracking an unnecessary, harmful and wasteful activity, producing more climate-changing emissions of greenhouse gases and diverting investment from more sustainable sources of UK-based energy generation.

Both are accomplished and experienced presenters, who want to promote informed debate on what is a significant public policy issue. We anticipate a rich and constructive discussion, with opportunity for questions after presentations.

Note that this is straight after Sustainable Hayfield’s AGM, which starts at 7.30pm, which aims to complete proceedings in 15 minutes. (Something we in Transition New Mills could perhaps learn from!)

More details: Sustainable Hayfield AGM and Fracking Poster

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