WEST Sussex County Council is this Saturday hosting an oil and gas exploration and extraction information event.
Workshops have been organised to give information to attendees about the science and technology of conventional and unconventional oil and gas extraction, the regulation of the industry and how residents can engage in the planning process.
The free event has been organised by the council in response to concerns from residents about a lack of available information relating to oil and gas extraction and exploration.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 21 at Pulborough village hall between 9.30am-4pm.
The aim is to provide West Sussex residents with information from a variety of viewpoints, and is an opportunity for residents to gather information, rather than a structured debate.
There will not be specific discussions about live planning applications.
Also attending will be officers from the Environment Agency (EA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as well as the County Council.
Representatives from the South Downs National Park Authority are also expected.
There will be a number of different information stands manned by representatives from the County Council, the Environment Agency and the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Local anti-fracking groups have been invited to host an information stand.
People can drop in at any time to gather information or ask questions.
However, due to limited capacity within the hall, residents are asked to confirm their attendance in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org