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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      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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      Government sued over fracking: regulation “more like fool’s gold, than gold standard”

      Friends of the Earth is suing the Environment Agency for failing to take the best course of action to protect Lancashire’s environment from the risks of fracking.

      3rd May 2018
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      Industrialisation of England’s countryside: one well a day for 15 years

      One well would have to be drilled and fracked every day for 15 years to produce enough gas to replace just half of future UK gas imports, new research reveals today (25 April 2018), with potentially terrible consequences for England’s … Continue reading

      25th Apr 2018
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      The United Resistance campaign press release: 3 months of love and defiance

      A 100 Women March on Tuesday 3 April 2018 marks the beginning of a three-month sustained campaign against fracking in Lancashire and beyond.

      2nd Apr 2018
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      Another victory for environment as council votes against fracking plans at Woodsetts, Rotherham

      This is INEOS’ third test drill application to go to a planning committee this year, with the first two also rejected in Harthill in Rotherham, and Marsh Lane, in Derbyshire. The application site area lies approximately 30 metres from Dewidales … Continue reading

      8th Mar 2018
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