Huge community concern about fracking in Compton Martin

More than 75 people attended a public meeting in Compton Martin last night to learn more about unconventional gas developments in Somerset.

Compton Martin was announced by company UK Methane as a potential drilling location at a public debate in Bath in March.

Attendees listened to Dr Lloyd-Davies from national group, Frack Off, give a presentation on the technologies and impacts recorded worldwide. Independent local applied geologist, Gareth Thomas, also spoke from his extensive awareness of local geology and huge concern about the risks of even drilling test wells. Local people also heard from Australian primary school teacher, Carly Phillips, who spoke of the harm she had witnessed in her community in New South Wales caused by the Coal Seam Gas industry. She also inspired the room with stories of community resistance that involved diverse members of the community from farmers to environmentalists.

Presentations and notes from the evening will be uploaded shortly.

It was very moving to see so many local people concerned and willing to take action to keep their community gas-field free. If you would like to get more active in the Chew Valley, contact the Frack Free Chew Valley Group: or email

Posted on: May 2, 2013