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Public meeting in Dorchester to support calls for Frack Free Dorset
2:00pm Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
A PUBLIC awareness meeting in Dorchester will support calls for a Frack Free Dorset.
Last month over 60 people came together in the county town to form the Frack Free Dorset Group.
It aims to be a broad-based, non-political coalition of groups and individuals concerned about the possibility of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, coming to Dorset.
Fracking involves the injection of pressurised fluids to fracture rocks and release shale gas.
The practice has been given the green light by the UK government and exploration licences have been issued for South and East Dorset but the companies must obtain planning permission from Dorset County Council before beginning any work.
The Frack Free Dorset group will hold a public meeting to raise awareness of the issues on Wednesday, March 20 from 7pm at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester.
The meeting will include a speaker and a film as well as discussion and time to consider the next steps to be taken.
A spokesperson for the group said: “Fracking is an extremely energy intensive, expensive way of producing gas.
“Dorset has access to many forms of renewable energy and is in a great position to attract investment and green jobs and to contribute to an independent, secure energy future for the UK. “Burning shale gas will seriously undermine efforts to cut carbon emissions and to meet legally binding climate targets.”
For more information visit frackfreedorset.org, call 01305 250123 for visit the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/FrackFreeDorset