No to Fracking

Climate targets, clean water, and investment in renewable energy are all endangered by fracking for shale gas. This has been linked to groundwater contamination and public health issues in the US.

Although fracking has yet to get under way in the UK, there are already several test drilling rigs here in the North-West, on either side of the Ribble estuary. Studies have shown that burning all the shale gas claimed to be present in the UK would leave us with no chance of meeting our emissions targets, and would result in more expensive domestic electricity than we would get from renewables.

Friends of the Earth believes that a moratorium should be put in force on fracking for shale gas until its climate and safety issues have been thoroughly investigated.

If you want to know more about what fracking is and how it might affect you, please click this link to read the FAQ on fracking.



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      Ask your councillors to oppose fast-tracking fracking

      The government has announced proposals to fast-track fracking. Exploratory drilling would be exempt from the need to apply for planning permission, like putting up a garden shed.

      21st Jul 2018
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      Government must listen to MPs and stop fracking plans

      The government must take heed of MPs and put a halt to changes to fracking rules which would take power away from local people and make it easier for fracking companies to drill.

      5th Jul 2018
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      Mark Rylance calls for protection of Sherwood Forest: “where won’t they frack?”

      Friends of the Earth has joined forces with Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance to raise awareness of the looming threat of fracking to England’s beautiful countryside and most important ecosystems.

      31st May 2018
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      Communities to rally against fracking injunction – Manchester High Court, Thursday (Frack Free Greater Manchester press release)

      * Campaigners will gather from 9.30am on 31 May with the hearing starting at 10.30am. Photocall 10am * Communities opposed to fracking from across the North will be gathering outside the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester on Thursday (31 May … Continue reading

      30th May 2018
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      Fracking company applies for consent, Secretary of State should say no

      The government shouldn’t grant consent to Cuadrilla to frack in Lancashire while a legal case brought by Friends of the Earth is pending.

      21st May 2018
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      Fracking company applies for further injunction in Lancashire

      A fracking company wants to get a wide-ranging injunction to stop people from exercising their democratic right to oppose fracking in Lancashire.

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      Stop the government forcing fracking on communities

      The government is planning to drastically rewrite planning rules to make it as easy for fracking companies to drill as putting up a garden shed.

      18th May 2018
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      Outrage as legislation designed for home extensions could be used by fracking companies

      Government announces plans to make it easier to drill for gas in England’s countryside. The government’s plans would ‘pervert the planning process’ and force fracking on communities says Friends of the Earth, as the government today (17 May) announces proposals  … Continue reading

      17th May 2018
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      Greater Manchester campaigners at Lancs fracking site to say ‘Buzz off Cuadrilla!’

      Frack Free Greater Manchester news release * Photos attached * A packed coach of anti-fracking campaigners from Greater Manchester travelled to the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire today (11 May), to show solidarity with the community opposing fracking, … Continue reading

      11th May 2018
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      Save Lancashire from fracking

      Fracking company Cuadrilla has finished drilling one of their wells at Preston New Road, Lancashire, and will soon apply for government consent to start fracking.

      4th May 2018
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