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Blackpool 30 Jan Fracking Conference

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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."  

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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

9:30am                                                Registration

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

 

 

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