Massive Attack against fracking

Robert Del Naja and Euan Dickinson of the band Massive Attack composed the soundtrack to “A River”, a documentary highlighting the risks due to shale gas drilling in southern Wales.

British actor Michael Sheen and the members of Massive Attack, Robert Del Naja and Euan Dickinson, supported A River, which was defined as the “anti-fracking documentary”. Sheen is the narrator, while Del Naja and Dickinson composed the original soundtrack.


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Robert Del Naja of the band Massive Attack during a live concert © Carl De Souza/Getty Images.


A River examines the potential pollution risk to the river Afan caused by fracking activities in the nearby village of Pontrhydyfen, in southern Wales.

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The river, which has been recovered from pollution caused by a century of industrial mining in the area, has become a meeting point for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers: it crosses the Afan Forest Park, a natural park of about 120 square metres. But now it is threatened again by a plan approved by the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to build an exploratory well for fracking operations in the village of Pontrhydyfen – exactly where the river Afan converges with the river Pelenna.


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Massive Attack during a live concert © Carl De Souza/Getty Images.


A few days ago the documentary was projected at the British House of Commons (one of the two chambers of the British Parliament), thanks to the support of the Labour Party member Stephen Kinnock who said:

The story of this beautiful river, and the communities that have grown up around it, needs to be heard far and wide.


Director Anthony Tombling Jr told The Guardian that he spent a whole year with his crew exploring the waterways of Cymer, Pontrhydyfen, Cwmafan and Port Talbot and added:

[These rivers] have survived so many years of pollution, and are now the giver of so much life, we owe it to future generations to protect them.


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Protests against fracking in the UK. ©


The region’s inhabitants gathered in the Afan-Nedd Against Fracking action group that organizes public information meetings as well as sit-in protests. With the Frack Free petition, launched online, 1,400 signatures have been collected so far.

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