Leading activist lifts the lid on corruption in the fracking industry


​Wenonah Hauter has been at the forefront of the campaign against fracking in the US

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8th June 2017 by Graham Martin 1 Comment

Friends of the Earth Scotland will host Wenonah Hauter, founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch US and a leading anti-fracking activist on Saturday, 10 June.

She’ll be in Edinburgh discussing her new book Frackopoly which chronicles the rise of the fracking industry and the growing movement against fracking in her home country.

It exposes the corruption and greed that the oil and gas industry has used to gain power in US politics and how a growing grassroots movement can stand up to ban fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground.

She will also participate in a panel discussion with those involved in the campaign against fracking in Scotland and in Europe.

This will take place after the Friends of the Earth annual general meeting but is open to the public and free to attend.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to have Wenonah joining us to share her experiences from the frontline of the fight against fracking. Her vast experience and leadership of an organisation committed to stopping this dirty, dangerous industry can help people here in our own efforts to stop this new frontier of fossil fuels.

“Together we’ll be discussing Scotland’s experience with unconventional oil and gas and exploring ways in which communities can demonstrate solidarity with each other. The clear warnings from the disastrous impact of fracking on communities in the US should be heeded by decision makers in Scotland as they assess the results of our recent public consultation.

“The links between Scotland and the US are clear with the continued imports of fracked gas across the Atlantic to the Grangemouth petrochemical plant. We urge the Scottish Government to start planning seriously for a fair transition to a low-carbon economy across all sectors. Fracking should not happen here in Scotland, or anywhere."

The event takes place at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Saturday 10 June at 2pm.

Click here for free tickets.

9th June 2017 by Yetypu

I recall the fable of the Boy who cried Wolf & so am not in favour of crying "corruption". I have worked where there was corruption, which is so destructive of society. Crying "corruption" where there is none is self-indulgent, but I think actually weakens our social structures.