Frack and roll

Last updated 07:38 29/04/2012

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Hundreds turned out in Christchurch for a "peaceful revolution concert" at Riccarton Racecourse yesterday.

The Bring Change concert was aimed at sending the Government an anti- fracking message.

Mum-of-two Jessica Stanley travelled in from Omihi, in North Canterbury, with her children Mila, 4, and Antony, 2, said: "It's just wrong - it shouldn't be allowed."

The concert organisers are opposed to fracking and deep-sea drilling in Canterbury and says the oil industry practices have potentially catastrophic environmental impacts, including links to earthquakes and groundwater toxicity.

In the Canterbury Basin, Texas oil giant Anadarko, a part-owner of the well at the centre of the environmentally disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, is a 50-50 partner with Origin Energy in two permits to do deepwater drilling for oil and gas.

It plans to start drilling in October.

Earlier this month, Christchurch City Council declared the city a fracking-free zone.

Bring Change spokeswoman Karen DeLatour said the group welcomed the news.

"The concert is primarily about bringing our community, of all ages, together for a day of music and, we hope, plenty of fun," she said.

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- The Press

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