Talk Fracking are a passionate group who want to tell the world about the pitfalls of fracking. We’ve been openly discussing everything fracking since 2014 and we’ve highlighted the many impacts that surround this extreme extraction technique through some brilliant creative ideas to draw public attention.
We’ve organised Dame Vivienne Westwood and the ‘Nanas’ to drive an Army tank to the front door of former Prime Minister David Cameron’s front door; produced a pop-up fashion catwalk show over LFW right outside the front door of chemicals conglomerate and wannabe frackers, INEOS in the middle of Knightsbridge; to becoming a named person (Joe Corré) in a high court battle with INEOS, contesting their draconian assault on democracy and the right to protest.
INEOS want to be the largest fracking company in the UK. They want to use fracked gas to produce more plastic. So much for the energy security fake argument that industry and government talk about repeatedly.
It’s our calling to highlight and inform people about the dangers of fracking, which are scientifically well-documented, affecting a broad spectrum of factors, including social, health, environmental, climate, geology, agriculture… and many more.
In our time we have also published an open letter calling for a public debate, signed by over 150 scientists, respected organisations and celebrities. This was published in The Times on June 2, 2014. Following this, we organised 6 nationwide debates, where 88 key policymakers, scientists and industry figures were invited to take part as spokespeople for shale gas. The former energy minister, Minister Michael Fallon’s email invite was opened 81 times. Entire government departments and large fracking companies were unwilling to offer any representative at all. Despite all these efforts, only one geologist committed to attend.
A government-produced survey published quarterly since 2012, has consistently shown that the UK public doesn’t fully know what fracking is or even comprehend the lasting legacy of such an invasive extraction method. Particularly, the deliberate misinformation by industry and media outlets to propel the myth that fracking will bring jobs and energy security is a falsehood that is repeated almost weekly in the UK media.
There are now over 1300 scientific, peer-reviewed papers evidencing harm from fracking. Significantly, the research has repeatedly exposed threats to public health. This is a critical issue. However, the pro-fracking Conservative government have consistently ignored the evidence: they are the only political party that still supports fracking. The Public Health England report on shale gas commissioned in 2014 has not been updated to reflect the hundreds of critical new studies. This must be challenged.
In 2018, England finds itself surrounded by countries including the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France that have all either banned fracking or have moratoriums in place.
In March 2018, The Concerned Health Professionals of New York published a fifth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium). Their conclusions are both powerful and indicative that a moratorium on fracking must be called for in the UK:
“All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality. Emerging data from a rapidly expanding body of evidence continue to reveal a plethora of recurring problems and harms that cannot be sufficiently averted through regulatory frameworks. There is no evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health directly or without imperiling climate stability upon which public health depends.”
With the Conservative government rapidly changing rules and planning regulations in favour of the oil and gas industry, Talk Fracking strongly feels local democracy and the right to protest in the UK must be protected.
We will continue to provide a national forum for rational debate with independent expert opinion as a much-needed counterbalance to the influential pro-fracking lobby, so that an informed public can decide for themselves whether they support fracking as a sensible energy solution.
We will ensure that we continue to hold the policymakers and industry to account and providing the forum for the debate that the British public deserves before it’s too late.
Talk Fracking is funded by Joseph Corré.