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This comic aims to answer some basic questions about fracking and unconventional gas and raise a few more. There are a lot of areas it doesn’t cover, or doesn’t cover in detail - for example, it hardly mentions Underground Coal Gasification - so do some of your own research and watch this space for volume two.

Fracking is just one form of extreme energy being pushed at the moment. Updates to this comic might be about what’s wrong with other fossil fuels,

A lot of things need to change about the way we

live and interact with the ecosystems around us. This is just one starting point for the discussion.

nuclear power or biofuels.

Some people say it’s negative to talk about what’s ‘wrong with’ things. You could also say it’s a positive - if we don’t have fracking, we can still have clean air and water, a safe climate and habitat for humans and other animals.

The problems we face are daunting, but what we are trying to protect is irreplaceable, and our resilience and creativity is surely up to the challenge.

For a full list of references go to http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/comic

Thanks for reading.

August 2014

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Don’t believe everything you read! For a full list of references, go to frackfreesomerset.org/comic

For some general links for information and action, see below

http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk The crew who occupied the towers of West Burton power station in 2012, and who put on the Reclaim the Power anti-fracking direct action camps of 2013 and 14.

http://www.frack-off.org.uk An incredible hardworking network of people. Check out this website for a sometimes overwhelming array of information - local and international - on fracking and gas, as well as contacts for your local anti-fracking group or community protection camp.

http://newint.org/blog/the_fracking_files.pdf A very thorough investigation of fracking and some of its impacts by the New Internationalist.

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A very thorough investigation of fracking and some of its impacts by the New Internationalist. 34

Written and drawn by Frances Howe, in association with Frack Free Somerset. Big thanks to Frack Off. Printed in August 2014 by Footprint Workers’ Co-operative.

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