Anti-fracking group set up in Barnsley

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Anti-fracking campaigners have set up a group in Barnsley after new exploratory licences were granted covering Barnsley and surrounding areas.

The ‘No Fracking in Barnsley’ group was launched at a public meeting at the YMCA last week.

A spokesman said: “Wherever fracking has been practised it has left behind a trail of environmental damage.

“When fracking moves into an area there may be a promise of quick benefits for local communities, but the reality is often that the few local jobs that are created dry up once the fracking is finished and communities are left to live with the consequences.

“Fracking will not even improve our energy security or bring down bills, as any gas produced will be sold on the open market and may not even be offered to British consumers. Yet the Government has given fracking companies the green light to frack under our homes.

“We will be holding lots of events and campaigns over the coming months, to give the public information on fracking. We want to get as many people in Barnsley involved as possible and encourage them to write to their councillors.”