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Barnsley poet Jeff Jethro Platts describes his feelings about the possibility of fracking, close to his beloved Darfield Barnsley. Thanks also to Barnsley band The Hurriers for use of their track Britain Last.

Most of South Yorkshire, including Barnsley and the Dearne Valley are currently covered by licences allowing oil and gas companies to explore for shale gas.

Fracking can pollute our air, our land and our water, but we feel that besides the obvious concerns about the effects on our health and our environment, this is also a fight for democracy.

We believe that the people of Barnsley deserve to know what could be about to land on their doorsteps and that we need an open and honest debate about fracking. We will not get that from the government, the companies and the majority of our elected representatives. We have to do it ourselves.

This is just the beginning of an on-going project. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch. You don’t have to be a poet, you just need to have something to say.

It is really important that local people are heard on the issue of fracking close to our communities and in the places that we love.

We can only do that by forcing them to listen to us. It is time for us all to make a stand against fracking.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/FrackFreeDearneValley/