Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is hosting the Surrey Premiere of ‘Power Trip: Fracking in the UK’, a new film made by Undercurrents UK.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion and an update on oil and gas drilling activities in Surrey and the Weald.
When: Thursday 10 May 2018, 7.30-10pm
Where: Green Room Theatre, (behind Dorking Halls), Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG
This event is FREE but places are limited so please register on Eventbrite. Contributions to the Crowdjustice fundraiser for the UKOG injunction defence are welcome.
About the film
The film traces resistance to controversial energy extraction processes fracking and acidisation. It shows how Blackpool (Lancashire) and Balcombe (West Sussex) became the frontline of resistance as trucks were occupied and gates were blocked.
Similar battles are now afoot in the Surrey Hills, with oil exploration planned for Leith Hill and for full commercial production at Brockham and Horse Hill near Gatwick. Local campaign groups A Voice for Leith Hill; the Leith Hill Action Group and Brockham Oil Watch are fighting to keep oil in the ground.
Local residents in Surrey and Sussex are also fighting an injunction by UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) to stifle
peaceful protest. They have launched a crowdfunder campaign to raise money for their legal costs.
Power Trip includes insights from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Caroline Lucas MP, journalist George Monbiot and Energy Research Institute director Prof Andrew Barron. The Reclaim the Power activist network and the Founder of Ecotricity Dale Vince also feature amongst the voices of local residents and councillors.
Exhibition ‘The Lark Descending’
If you’d like to make an evening of it, you can visit the opening of artists Ackroyd & Harvey’s exhibition The Lark Descending | Leith Hill, as part of the Surrey Unearthed commissions. The exhibition is open from 6pm at Unit 4 (formerly the Body Shop), St Martins Walk, Dorking, RH4 1UX.