GMB International Conference On Fracking In Blackpool On Friday 30th January
This conference provides an important platform for deliberations to arrive at a fixed policy on this important issue says GMB.
GMB, the union for gas and energy workers, is holding an international conference on fracking in Blackpool on Friday 30th January 2015. See notes to editors for copy of the agenda.
Speakers include Paul McCarthy – GMB Regional Secretary in the North West, Mike Hill – C.Engineer MIET, Peter Styles – Professor of Applied & Environmental Geo Physics at Keele University, Barbara Keeley – MP, Sean Sweeney – Co-Director Global Labor Institute at Cornell University, New York, Mark Lappin – Centrica, Tony Bosworth – Friends of the Earth, Gordon Marsden – MP, Ken Cronin – UKOOG United Kingdom onshore Oil and Gas and Gary Smith GMB National Secretary for Energy and Commercial Services.
Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary in the North West, said “This conference has been convened by GMB North West and Irish Region to hear all the issues on both sides of this argument.
GMB as the direct successor to the Gas Workers & General Union formed over 125 years ago has a direct interest in the gas industry. This conference provides an important platform for GMB deliberations to arrive at a fixed policy on this important issue”.
Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said "GMB is still working through our policy on fracking.
I will tell the conference that the fact is that UK will be using gas for many decades to come. The gas is going to have to come from somewhere and we need to consider whether it is morally right to import gas from countries like Russia, Qatar, with lesser environmental regulations than here and that have no labour rights to protect workers in the industry or to protect safety. Transporting gas across continents is no good for the environment either.
So the issue really is if we are going to use gas as we are - should we be taking responsibility for our own carbon and wider impact on the environment or take the approach out of sight out of mind."
Contact: Neil Smith 07740 804063 or Paul mc Carthy 07740 804040 or Gary Smith 07710 618 909
Notes to editors
Agenda for GMB International Fracking Conference
Friday 30th January 2015
At Blackpool Football Club
Opening Plenary Paul McCarthy – GMB Regional Secretary
10:00 – 10:45 Mike Hill – C.Engineer MIET
11:00 – 11:45 Peter Styles – Professor of Applied & Environmental Geo Physics at Keele University
12:00 – 12:30 Barbara Keeley – MP
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Sean Sweeney – Co-Director Global Labor Institute at Cornell University, New York
14:00 – 14:30 Mark Lappin – Centrica
14:30 – 15:00 Tony Bosworth – Friends of the Earth
15:00 – 15:15 Tea/Coffee
15:15 – 15:30 Gordon Marsden – MP
15:30 – 16:00 Ken Cronin – UKOOG United Kingdom onshore Oil and Gas
16:00 – 16:15 Gary Smith – GMB National Officer
Closing Plenary Paul McCarthy – GMB Regional Secretary