It's Wales Against Fracking Day on Saturday

This Saturday (5 July) will see street stalls and events all around the country [1], as thousands of people are expected to join environmental groups in demanding the Welsh Government bans fracking.
More than a million people in Wales live in areas at risk from the controversial process used to exploit shale gas [2], and there have already been a number of applications for test drillings.
Friends of the Earth local groups are co-ordinating many of the actions for Wales Against Fracking Day [3], though other groups have already joined the campaign.
Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said: “Fracking is terrible news for climate change and the environment, and it’s not welcomed by communities. And even fracking companies admit it won’t lower fuel bills [4].
“Instead of drilling under our houses, towns and countryside for every last drop of fossil fuel, we should be cutting energy waste and developing Wales’ huge potential for clean power from the sun, wind and waves.
“We’re asking the First Minister to call a moratorium on fracking. The Welsh Government has full control over planning, so they could put a stop to it in an instant.
“It’s clear that many thousands of people in Wales are deeply concerned about the prospect of fracking in their area. It’s time the Welsh Government listened, and realised that fracking is not welcome in Wales.”

NOTES
1. Events are taking place in:
Abergavenny, Aberystwyth, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Conwy, Cowbridge, Knighton, Lampeter, Llanelli, Llantrisant, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Newport, Pontypridd, Port Talbot, Swansea, Wrexham
2. Map of affected areas here: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/map-fracking-licences-wales-46818.jpg
3. For more information, see www.foe.co.uk/wales-against-fracking4. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/29/browne-fracking-not-reduce-uk-gas-prices-shale-energy-bills

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