Press notice – WALES AGAINST FRACKING RALLY, CARDIFF BAY, SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 12.00 – 2.00 PM

PRESS NOTICE: FRIENDS OF THE EARTH CYMRU
WALES AGAINST FRACKING RALLY, CARDIFF BAY, SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 12.00 – 2.00 PM

Hundreds expected at Senedd to demand ban on fracking in Wales

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Cardiff Bay this Saturday (11 October), calling for a ban on fracking in Wales. The event is being co-ordinated by Friends of the Earth Cymru, and will coincide with anti-fracking protests across the world for Global Frackdown Day [1].

Many campaigners will be dressed in hard hats and hi-viz jackets, with banners, placards and flags representing groups from around the country, and two campaigning choirs – Côr Gobaith and Côr Cochion – will lead the singing.

Speakers at the event, planned for the steps of the Senedd, will include AMs Bethan Jenkins, Mick Antoniw and Bill Powell, and representatives of Friends of the Earth Cymru, Frack Free Wales and affected communities.

Thousands of postcards and signatures on petitions gathered from across Wales will be delivered to the Senedd, demanding the Welsh Government bans the controversial process of pumping water and chemicals into the ground.

More than a million people in Wales live in areas at risk from fracking [2], and there have already been a number of applications for test drilling.

Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said:

“With buses coming to the rally from as far as Aberystwyth and Pembrokeshire, fracking is clearly a hugely important issue for people in Wales. Pumping water and chemicals under our houses, towns and countryside is deeply unpopular, as well as being terrible news for climate change and risky for the local environment.

“Even the fracking companies admit it won’t lower fuel bills [3]. Instead of chasing the last drops of fossil fuels we should be cutting energy waste and developing Wales’ huge potential for clean energy from the sun, wind and waves.

“We’re asking the First Minister to call a moratorium on fracking. The Welsh Government has full control over planning, so they could put a stop to it in an instant.”

NOTES

1. See www.globalfrackdown.org

2. Government announcement: https://econsultation.decc.gov.uk/decc-policy/consultation-env-report-further-oil-gas-licensing/
Map of affected areas: http://www.clickonwales.org/wp-content/uploads/Fracking-map.png

3. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/29/browne-fracking-not-reduce-uk-gas-prices-shale-energy-bills

CONTACT
Friends of the Earth Cymru: 02920 229 577
MEDIA INTERVIEWS CAN BE CONDUCTED IN WELSH OR ENGLISH
www.foecymru.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/foecymrucydd
Facebook: www.facebook.com/foecymrucydd
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Gareth Clubb CEnv MIWA

Cyfarwyddwr – Director

Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru – Friends of the Earth Cymru

Hapus i gyfathrebu yn Gymraeg neu yn Saesneg

Ffôn – Tel: 02920 229577

www.foecymru.co.uk

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