Canterbury and Lewes set to receive free screening of Oscar nominated film to highlight issues of shale gas extraction

July 03, 2012

The Co-operative will host free screenings of the award-winning film “Gasland” in Canterbury and Lewes highlighting the potential impact of shale gas extraction.

Taking place in the Anselm Theatre, Canterbury (9 July) and the Pelham House Hotel, Lewes (10 July), the abridged screenings of the Academy Award nominated film will be followed by an open discussion about what shale gas and fracking could mean to the region.

The film, made by director Josh Fox, highlights the possible implications if shale gas extraction goes ahead. It shows how some residents of Pennsylvania, USA, can now set fire to their drinking water and suggests others have suffered serious health consequences due to water contamination from the fracking process.

At a UK level, The Co-operative wants to see an immediate moratorium on shale gas development and fracking - the process whereby high-pressure water, sand and chemicals fracture shale rock to release gas.

Pinky Badhan, Regional Membership Manager for The Co-operative in the South East, said: “Shale gas is another dirty fossil fuel that can’t be exploited without running the risk of an environmental and health disaster. The Co-operative is campaigning for a clean energy revolution and calls for a moratorium on any further exploitation of shale gas to allow the wider environmental concerns to be fully exposed and addressed.

“What we would like to see in the UK is more investment and support for clean renewable energy which communities can control, generate and benefit from.”

The free screenings take place at:

  • Anselm Theatre, Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU, on 9 July 2012, between 6:30pm – 9:30pm and, will include a talk by Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for South East England.
  • Pelham House Hotel, Saint Andrew’s Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UW, on 10 July 2012, between 6:30pm – 9:30pm. This event will include a talk by the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas,

For more information or to book attendance telephone 0800 015 1147 email or visit

Additional Information:

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Contact Information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Mob: 07702 505551