Record turnout for public talk about frack­ing

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A RECORD num­ber of peo­ple at­tended a lec­ture on frack­ing which ran as part of a se­ries of talks.

The Lan­g­ley Lec­tures is a se­ries of talks around a va­ri­ety of sub­jects held in the vil­lage for any­one to at­tend. Or­gan­is­ers have been see­ing suc­cess at the events, sell­ing out the first lec­ture of the year and en­joy­ing good turnouts and in­ter­est­ing dis­cus­sions.

The sec­ond talk in the se­ries for this year saw a record num­ber of peo­ple in the au­di­ence.

There were around 100 vis­i­tors in at­ten­dance to en­joy a talk by Ian Ste­wart on frack­ing – the con­tro­ver­sial process of drilling for shale gas. The talk was called ‘Frack­ing – more heat than light?’.

Heather Self, who is part of the team which or­gan­ises the lec­tures, said: “With a de­gree in geog­ra­phy, a life­long in­ter­est in ge­ol­ogy and ex­pe­ri­ence in en­vi­ron­men­tal law, Ian was well-placed to ex­plain the science be­hind this con­tro­ver­sial and highly top­i­cal sub­ject.

“With sam­ples of shale rock, di­a­grams and videos, this was a very en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tion.”

Mr Ste­wart said that shale gas is chem­i­cally the same as the con­ven­tional gas used for fuel to­day, but is much harder to ex­tract be­cause it is trapped in lay­ers of shale rock deep un­der­ground.

He said the main area for gas in the UK is called the Bow­land Shale, and sur­veys by the Bri­tish Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey have iden­ti­fied a po­ten­tial area, the bound­ary of which goes through the cen­tre of Macclesfield and into Sut­ton – but stops just short of Lan­g­ley.

Heather said: “Vast re­serves are al­ready be­ing ex­ploited in the US but the in­dus­try in the UK is at a much ear­lier stage and we don’t yet know how much gas can be pro­duced and at what cost.

“Ian ex­plained the risks such as earth­quakes were low, but ex­pressed con­cern about pro­duc­ing more fos­sil fuel.

“A lively ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion brought a very in­ter­est­ing evening to an end.”

The next lec­ture is by Falk­lands war vet­eran Dar­ren Poyzer, on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, 7.45pm at Lan­g­ley Chapel.

» Ian Ste­wart gave a talk “Frack­ing – more heat than light?” at Lan­g­ley ec­tures

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