Celebrities are notorious for snapping a selfie at any chance they can get, but this time we won’t be seeing them relaxing poolside, wishing we were doing the exact same thing- they are showing their support for the launch of MyFrackingQuestions.org.

MyFrackingQuestions.org is a brand new online platform enabling the public to directly question energy minister Matthew Hancock MP. The aim is to get the government to provide factual answers of peoples concerns regarding the fracking dispute.

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well. This process has prompted environmental concerns and is raising eyebrows in the celebrity world.

Celebrities who feel strongly about the issue want answers and are forming a large campaign and attracting attention through the use of selfies.

Celebrities such as musician Paloma Faith, Duffy, Jools Holland and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie have come together with campaigning celebrities including Dame Vivienne Westwood and her son, businessman Joe Corre, chef Mark Hix, double Olympic Gold Medallist rower Andrew Triggs Hodge, artist Sarah Lucas and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and many more.

Musician Paloma Faith poses with a question about fracking for Minister of State for Energy Matthew Hancock MP to launch the website myfrackingquestions.org which allows British public to directly contact their government with one of seven questions relating to fracking. Paloma’s question is: “How can you be sure that our health will not be put at risk by fracking?”

Musician, Paloma Faith, shares her views on Fracking: [I am] really concerned about the health risks to the population and the long-term repercussions [of fracking]”. Paloma raises the question in selfie image: “How can you be sure that our health will not be put at risk by fracking?”

Designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood also wants answers and urges people to get involved and be a part of the campaign: “MyFrackingQuestions.org is asking the key questions that the public has told us they want answered definitively by the current government. We are acting now to empower the next generation, preventing them from having to deal with the potentially devastating effects of fracking should it go ahead in this country - from watching the economy crash to house prices nose-diving by 25 percent.

Designer and campaigner Dame Vivienne Westwood poses with a question about fracking: “Will you attend a debate to address the public’s concerns?”

She added: “This debate belongs to the British people but without any solid and reliable information, they cannot take part in this most critical of conversations. Until these questions are answered and until there is open public debate, there can be no social license and no democratic mandate.”

Musician Duffy poses with a question about fracking: “Will you attend a Talk Fracking debate to address the public’s concerns?”

Duffy is pictured asking Mathew Hancock MP if he will attend a Talk Fracking debate to address the public’s concerns and said: “I would like to call for a National Moratorium. A 'stop the clock’. No more intrusive fracking until we, as a country, can assess whether this is the most sustainable, economic and safest source of energy”.

MyFrackingQuestions.org poses questions relating to health, energy security, water, climate change, conflict of interest, economic benefits and also asks Matthew Hancock MP to attend a public debate to address the concerns of the public and engage in an open and factually informed debate about fracking in the UK.

The website allows users to choose their three most important concerns and send these questions to Matthew Hancock MP by Twitter or email. People can also submit their own questions via the platform if they prefer.

MyFrackingQuestions.org is being launched by Talk Fracking, a UK initiative to raise awareness of the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’, and the government’s fast-moving plans to introduce it in the UK. Spearheaded by Dame Vivienne Westwood and her son, Joe Corre.

Talk Fracking is supported by over 150 celebrities including scientists and respected organisations including Sir Paul McCartney, his daughter Stella, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham-Carter, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Graham Norton, Nick Grimshaw, Alan Carr, Bill Bailey, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding, Sir Antony Gormley OBE, Cornelia Parker OBE, Mariella Frostrupp, Fergus Henderson, James Bolam, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Tracey Emin CBE RA.

Joe Corre said: "Talk Fracking has so far invited over 80 policy makers, industry figures and scientists to take part in a series of panel debates to discuss the merits of fracking in the UK. The former energy minister Michael Fallon's email invitation was opened over 70 times. Despite this not one of them has had the courage to attend and answer the critical questions from the British public on the serious dangers this technology poses for the UK. I am astonished at the level of contempt this shows to the electorate. The 'My Fracking Questions' initiative offers another opportunity for the energy minister to set out his detailed answers to the questions we have gathered so far."


by for www.femalefirst.co.uk