To frack or not to frack, that is the question posed by legal experts at the forthcoming Law Society public debate


The highly controversial issue of fracking, the process of injecting fluid, sand or chemicals at high speed into cracks to force them open to release natural gas, will be the topic of discussion at the Law Society free Public Debate on October 9th.

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Supporters of fracking claim that shale gas can serve as a valuable transition fuel between coal and renewable energy sources and provides a boon to economically depressed communities as well as providing employment.


Opponents warn that fracking is an environmental disaster waiting to happen, citing air and water pollution, the release of radiation and cancer-causing substances, and the acceleration of global climate change as methane and other greenhouse gases escape during the process. There is concern about the degradation of communities and the loss of incentives to invest in renewable energy.

The Law Society debate, chaired by Pamela Castle OBE, aims to provide objective and factual clarification on this key environmental issue. A panel of three experts including Professor Robert Mair, Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cambridge University, Professor Alan Riley, City University Law School, and David Baldock, Executive Director at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, will address the issue, the applicable law and current policy respectively. Each speaker will present for fifteen minutes, after which the debate will be opened to the floor for a Q&A session.

The Law Society Public Debate Series is being held in association with the Huffington Post. The event takes place at 6.30pm, October 9th, at the Law Society in Chancery Lane and will take the form of a Q&A session with the audience. The Castle Debates are produced by Pamela Castle OBE and Sykes Environmental.

This event is open to both members of the Law Society and the public. This debate is recommended for anyone interested in the debate topic, including: Law Society members, academics, solicitors in not-for-profit organisations and students

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