‘Driffield and wolds must be informed on fracking’

This story originally appeared in Driffield Times & Post.


A member of a newly established campaign group said more Driffield and Wolds residents need to be aware of fracking developments.

Ahead of a planned public awareness meeting next week in Driffield, Catherine Lodge, of Beverley Road, Wetwang, said she hopes the event will better inform residents.

Catherine, who is a member of the group Frack Free Driffield and the Wolds, said: “ We are delighted to welcome two speakers who have spent a huge amount of time and effort into researching fracking and its health and social implications.

“We hope that the talks will help to inform people in the Driffield and Wolds area, who may not be aware of how great the impact of this industry will be.”

The group are concerned about a recent licence 
allocations to energy firm Cuadrilla, who want to explore for shale gas underneath 
Driffield and the Wolds, 
extending as far North as Filey.

The meeting will take place at the Old Town Hall, the Bell Hotel on Market Place from 7.30pm next Friday (January 22).

Speakers on the evening will include North Yorkshire GP Dr Tim Thornton and Rev Graham Cray – Honorary 
Assistant Bishop at the 
Diocese of York.

Dr Thornton, a North Yorkshire MP of 30 years, will talk about the basics of fracking and “its potential risks to human and animal health”.

He has been frequently interviewed by the national press and has also appeared on Look North, Channel 4, ITC and Radio Europe.

Rev Cray, an honorary assistant Bishop at the Diocese of York, will talk about his time spent in Pennsylvania in the US, where citizens have been “severely affected by fracking”.

More than 100 people are expected to turn up to the event after a similar evening was held at Driffield Community Hall in November.For more information visit www.frackfreeeastyorkshire.com.


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