South-West screenings of oscar nominated film to highlight issues of shale gas extraction

May 24, 2012

The Co-operative will host two free screenings of the award-winning film “Gasland” in the South West next week highlighting the potential impact of shale gas extraction.

Taking place in The Assembly Rooms, Bath on Tuesday 29 May and, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, on 30 May, 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 South West.

The film, made by director Josh Fox, highlights the possible environmental implications if shale gas extraction goes ahead. It shows how some residents of Pennsylvania 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.

Pete Vallance, Regional Membership Manager for The Co-operative in the South West, said: “On the face of it new natural gas finds appear to be good news but people must not be seduced by this without first considering all the impacts of shale gas extraction - that is why we are calling 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 from which communities can benefit.”

The events will take place at The Tea Room, The Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, on Tuesday 29 May 2012, between 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

And, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, on Wednesday 30 May 2012, between 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

For more information or to book attendance visit telephone 01884 266892 or email

Contact Details:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 0161 827 5622
Mob: 07702 505551