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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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      Further blow for fracking as equipment removed from Ryedale site

      Government urged to pull the plug on dirty energy

      7th Feb 2018
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      Celebration as Derbyshire County Council reject INEOS application

      Derbyshire County Council planners today voted to reject the application by chemicals giant INEOS to conduct exploratory drills for shale gas on Bramleymoor Lane, in North East Derbyshire, to the delight of campaigners. This is the latest in a spate … Continue reading

      5th Feb 2018
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      Huge win for campaigners as Cheshire councillors vote against IGas plans at Ellesmere Port

      Cheshire residents and campaigners celebrate as an application to test for gas at Ellesmere Port is turned down. Cheshire councillors have voted to refuse an IGas gas-testing application  today (25 January), in a huge win for the local community and campaigners. Friends of the … Continue reading

      25th Jan 2018
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      Secretary of State casts doubt on fracking finances

      Greg Clark MP, tells Third Energy, that they cannot start fracking in Ryedale due to their finances.

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      Rejection of INEOS test drill application in South Yorkshire welcomed

      Rotherham Borough Council rejected application for exploratory shale gas drilling near Harthill Rotherham Borough Council planners today rejected the application by chemicals giant INEOS to conduct exploratory drills for shale gas near the village of Harthill in South Yorkshire, to … Continue reading

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      Ellesmere Port shale gas opposition grows as decision day looms

      Residents will take to the streets on Thursday (25 January) to demonstrate opposition to fracking in Cheshire, ahead of a crucial planning meeting at Cheshire West and Chester Council. IGas are seeking permission from the council to ‘flow test’ a … Continue reading

      23rd Jan 2018
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      Devastating – reaction to Balcombe oil testing approval

      Friends of the Earth says it’s devastated that approval has been given to look for oil in a beautiful and significant part of the Sussex countryside.

      10th Jan 2018
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      Government reject oil drilling application in North Lincolnshire village

      Company loses controversial appeal to drill for oil at its site in Wressle, near Scunthorpe. Egdon Resources had applied twice to drill but a government planning inspector has now dismissed the appeals, raising concerns about potential impacts on water and residents.

      5th Jan 2018
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      Ask the Energy Secretary to stop fracking

      There’s still time to stop fracking going ahead at Preston New Road in Lancashire and Kirby Misperton in Yorkshire.

      9th Dec 2017
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      Keep Cuadrilla out of Balcombe

      Fracking company Cuadrilla’s application to test the oil flow at their site in Balcombe, West Sussex is out for public consultation. The villagers want the council to know that many people oppose the plans.

      28th Nov 2017
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