Frack Free Scarborough has received a ringing endorsement for its forthcoming Facts Before Fracks meeting from Jeremy Corbyn, who posed with a poster to publicise the event during his visit to Scarborough last weekend. The public meeting will be held at 7pm on the 10th of March at Scarborough Central Library, Vernon Road.
Facts Before Fracks meetings held elsewhere in the north have seen up to five hundred people crowd into public spaces to arm themselves with the facts about fracking before drilling companies descend on their local area.
The Scarborough meeting will involve three speakers and a Q&A on topics from the process itself, human and animal health, wildlife, the economy and jobs. ‘No question is too basic, or too silly,’ said a spokesperson. ‘If you’re curious about something, someone else will be as well. So come along and make sure our community has a real dicsussion about an industry that will have far-reaching consequences for the local area.’
Dr Tim Thornton, a North Yorkshire GP for 30 years who has been interviewed on fracking by the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Radio Europe, among others, will talk about the basics of fracking and its risks to human and animal health based on the best available science.
The Rt Revd Graham Cray, Honorary Asst Bishop for the Diocese of York, will talk in a personal capacity about his travels across Pennsylvania USA, where he met communities severely affected by fracking. He will also show a slideshow. Graham lives in Kirby Misperton, site of the proposed KM8 fracking well.
Last but not least, family entertainer Gayzer Frackman (his real name) will explain why he has vowed not to rest until fracking is stopped. Gayzer’s house was damaged by an earthquake in the UK’s first and only fracking operation near Blackpool in 2011