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Australian Anti-Fracking Tour Visits Mansfield

5th June 2017
News, Mansfield

An enthusiastic audience greeted representatives of the Australian anti-fracking movement as they brought the film of their experience of fighting off planned unconventional gas drilling in New South Wales.

The meeting was held at the Sacred Sound Healing and Arts Centre on Intake Business Park in Mansfield. The film, The Bentley Effect tells the story of the opposition to three exploratory drill sites in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, culminating in a mass prolonged act of peaceful civil disobedience by thousands of people and the withdrawal of the licence to drill in the area from the company involved.

Introducing and speaking about the film, Ian Gaillard and Simon Clough offered solidarity and advice to the local groups in Nottinghamshire opposing the drilling plans of controversial chemicals company INEOS. The company plans to start seismic testing on private land in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire this month.

This would be in order to gain data to help plan exploratory drilling prior to fracking. The award winning documentary is being shown at various locations around the UK where fracking or other unconventional methods of gas and oil extraction are being planned.

Paul Frost of Frack Free Mansfield said after the meeting: "We were so happy that Mansfield was able to host one of the meetings on this inspirational tour and thank our friends from Frack Free Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe for their efforts in organising this. It really gives us hope that this is a battle that can be won and we gain strength from the insight that our struggle locally is just one part of an international effort against the unwise and unnecessary practice of fracking."

Attendees ended the meeting with a photograph of them holding up posters declaring "We Say No To INEOS Seismic Testing!"


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