ANTI-fracking campaigners in Worthing took to the town’s streets on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of the controversial energy-gathering process.
Worthing Against Fracking and the town’s branch of Greenpeace were handing out leaflets to people outside Worthing’s railway station, in Railway Approach.
Fracking is the process of using high-pressure water jets to crack open rock underground, releasing trapped shale gas.
The campaigners were urging residents to sign a petition to stop energy firms from launching speculative drilling for potential fracking sites across Sussex.
Pamela Kelly, of Worthing Greenpeace, said: “The worst thing about fracking is the pollution.
“I see pollution from flares and destruction of the countryside as one of the worst issues because once that is done you can’t re-establish ancient habitat.
“You can’t put the fields, the woods, the hedgerows and all of the wildlife back as it was before. You can’t just landscape over it and think all of it will look pretty again, it won’t. Fracking will destroy the countryside.”
The campaigners are also concerned about plans by the Government to change the law of trespass.
They say this could lead to energy companies being allowed to conduct exploratory drilling under people’s homes.
To sign the petition, or for more details about fracking, visit the campaign’s website on www.wrongmove.org