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Vivienne Westwood on anti-fracking campaign

Dame Vivienne Westwood is coming to Swansea as part of an UK-wide tour called 'We need to talk about fracking'. The world-famous dress-designer is a committed anti-fracking campaigner.

Vivienne Westwood on anti-fracking campaign

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a committed anti-fracking campaigner Credit: Press Association Images

The designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, is attending an event in Swansea later today called 'We need to talk about fracking.' It's part of a nationwide tour following on from an open letter printed in the Times and signed by over 150 celebrities and scientists calling for more debate on fracking.

There are reserves of shale gas in parts of south Wales and licences for exploratory drilling have already been granted by several councils. The UK government supports the extraction saying it could reduce energy bills and create thousands of jobs.

Fracking - short for "hydraulic fracturing" - involves drilling deep underground and releasing a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to crack rocks and release gas stored inside.

Environmentalists fear it can cause small earth tremors, water contamination and environmental damage.

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