|A meeting to discuss the recent developments in the Fracking situation in Wales, most notably the test drilling in Swansea and Maesteg and the prospective licences in Pontypridd and surrounding area.Hydraulic fracturing is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer, by a pressurized fluid. However, the process is argued to cause serious cause damage to the local environment and economy.Including:The contamination of ground water which threatens our arable land.The migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface.Surface contamination from spills (on the roads, at sea etc.)Risks to air quality from burning a fossil fuel and the impact on our carbon output
The health effects of the above factors to humans
Structural damage to buildings in close proximity to the drill site
It is speculated that hydraulic fracturing can trigger earthquakes
The impact on our green economy
The selling of our natural assets to off shore companies
If you are unsure about what Fracking is may I direct you to the following award-winning documentary by Josh Fox “Gasland” and “the Sky Is Pink”.
It is banned in France and Bulgaria so basically we don’t want any transnational companies coming to Wales, taking the gas, polluting our country and then making massive profits for their offshore bank accounts.
Speakers so far:
Andy Chyba – Bridgend Green Party
Representative from Frack Off – tbc
Refreshments by Food Not Bombs