Amidst all the glamour of the movie awards season, Hollywood A lister Mark Ruffalo shone the spotlight on fracking in Lancashire.
The actor, nominated for best supporting actor at the BAFTAs last night, wore a ‘Frack Free Lancashire’ badge on the red carpet.
His appearance at the prestigious ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in London, came hours after Ruffalo spoke out against the controversial practice in a national newspaper.
Writing in The Guardian, he said: “This weekend I have the pleasure and honor of coming to London for the BAFTAs for Spotlight, a film honoring the victims of a terrible injustice and celebrating exceptional journalism that brought the story to light.
“I’m also taking this opportunity to lend my voice to residents of Lancashire who are fighting to prevent another kind of injustice, drilling and fracking in their neighbourhoods.
“I’ve seen it firsthand in the state of Pennsylvania, where hundreds and of families have had their water turn brown and toxic.
“The only way fracking could go forward in Lancashire now is against the wishes of the people who live there, a terrible injustice.”
From 6.30 to 9.30pm on Wednesday, people who have registered as interested parties will be speaking at the ongoing fracking public inquiry.
The public can go along to Blackpool FC to listen.