Over 70 activists converged in Manchester on Saturday for the first national anti‑fracking meeting.
Fracking—or hydraulic fracturing—is a controversial new method of extracting gas from shale rocks thousands of feet deep.
It uses an injection of a mix of water and chemicals at high pressure—which caused earth tremors in the Blackpool area last year.
In the US, shale gas has been extracted for at least ten years and has often been an ecological disaster for people in the vicinity of the drilling sites.
Wherever there is drilling, local groups have sprung up to resist it. The meeting set up a national Anti-Fracking Network.