Fracking labelled a ‘swear word’ by Friends of the Earth

FRIENDS of the Earth were in Chichester at the weekend to mark their opposition to fracking.

Campaigners gathered by the Cross and spoke to shoppers, inviting them to sign postcards addressed to West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith in opposition to fracking in West Sussex.

“Most people we spoke to today said they don’t want to see fracking – the dirty f-word – here,” said south east regional campaigner for Friends of the Earth, Brenda Pollack.

“ We support Frack Free Fernhurst and other groups across Sussex who are being faced with drilling on their doorstep.”

As part of the day, campaigners set up a swear box at the Cross as they tried to claim fracking as a swear word.

A spokeswoman said: “Friends of the Earth set up a swear box at the Market Cross to make it clear they believe that fracking is a dirty f-word that is not welcome anywhere in West Sussex.”

The area branch of Friends of the Earth had teamed up with the Frack Free Fernhurst campaign to call on West Sussex County Council to listen to their pleas.

The Chichester stall was part of a county-wide campaign by the environmental charity, which also saw campaigners targeting Worthing, Crawley and Eastbourne.