The greatest controversy since the publication of the Origin of Species

Miles Hillmann

Tuesday, October 16 2018 at 7:30PM

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8 Pocklingtons Walk,

Miles Hillmann

What's the talk about?

Fracking for shale gas is topical and controversial. The first fracking operation, since a moratorium on fracking was imposed in 2011, has received approval at Cuadrilla. Fracking generates strong views among opponents and supporters.

Charles Darwin’s revolutionary Origin of Species theory pitted scientific evidence against emotion. The arguments for and against fracking are heavily based on emotion – the environmental risks, and a fear of what might happen.

This talk will focus on the evidence, what is happening and the way the risks are being tackled.


Miles Hillmann is Chairman of the Liquid Pollution Control Group of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF). He is working with the Environment Agency on developing Technical Guidelines for best practice on protecting groundwater pollution on shale gas sites. He operates a  company which provides spill control technologies, training and services.