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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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      Two out of three Lancashire residents oppose Conservative manifesto proposal to allow non-fracking drilling without planning permission

      • Large parts of Lancashire are licensed for onshore oil and gas extraction • Cuadrilla have already been delayed with plans for fracking due to significant local opposition A YouGov survey [1] of Lancashire residents for Friends of the Earth released today … Continue reading

      21st Jun 2017
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      Will Theresa May allow “climate pariah” DUP to weaken action on climate?

      Responding to today’s news of a hung U.K parliament and that the Conservative Party may govern with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), James Orr, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland Director, said: “Under the DUP leadership Northern … Continue reading

      9th Jun 2017
      Bentley Effect - (Anti Fracking) Non Violent Action & Strategy Workshop

      News release: Australian campaigners visit Manchester to share secret to beating the fracking industry

      Manchester Friends of the Earth, Frack Free Greater Manchester and Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth are inviting people to a special screening of ‘The Bentley Effect’ Movie – A Message of Hope, 3pm, Saturday 27th May at the Central … Continue reading

      24th May 2017
      The Rolling Resistance - Reclaim the Power

      Join the Rolling Resistance this July… at the Cuadrilla fracking site (Reclaim the Power)

      Since fracking firm Cuadrilla started work on a drilling pad at Preston New Road in Lancashire in January 2017 the battle against this toxic industry has entered a new phase. Following years of sustained campaigning from local anti-fracking groups including … Continue reading

      9th May 2017
      Tell Barclays not to Frack my Home  130

      UPDATE: Stop funding fracking: Send your message to Barclays’ Chairman

      This news is massive. Over 70,000 people – petitioned Barclays Bank to pull out of fracking. We’ve just heard that the chairman of Barclays has told shareholders that they’re planning to pull their money out of Third Energy – the … Continue reading

      2nd May 2017
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      Sherwood Forest fracking plans – the fight continues

      Local resistance, huge petitions and investigative exposes have helped stall INEOS’s dash for shale gas – but there’s lots of work to do still.  At the start of this year, an investigation by Friends of the Earth revealed that chemicals firm INEOS wanted … Continue reading

      29th Mar 2017
      Stop Fracking

      Stop Cuadrilla from breaking the rules on fracking

      Fracking company Cuadrilla are itching to get drilling in Lancashire. They’ve already started work on site. All against the wishes of local people.  What makes this even worse is that they haven’t carried out all the water testing they are … Continue reading

      20th Mar 2017
      Dont Frack Lancs

      Manchester Court to hear Lancashire Fracking legal appeals tomorrow

      A local community fighting fracking in Lancashire is taking the Government to court at a hearing in Manchester tomorrow (15 March) which could last until Friday. Preston New Road Action Group are appealing the decision by the Secretary of State … Continue reading

      14th Mar 2017
      Don't Frack Lancs - National Rally 25th February 2017

      Revealed: Cuadrilla planning to start drilling without completing groundwater monitoring as required by law

      A Friends of the Earth investigation has revealed that fracking company Cuadrilla are planning to start drilling in Lancashire in the next few weeks before completing the 12 months of groundwater monitoring required by law.

      21st Feb 2017
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      INEOS plan to put drilling rig in Sherwood Forest, investigation reveals

      Chemicals giant INEOS has identified a potential shale gas drilling site in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Friends of the Earth can reveal. The revelation comes weeks after INEOS told local people that it had no intention of drilling inside … Continue reading

      16th Feb 2017
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