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.
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
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
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
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.
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
ANTI-FRACKING protesters celebrated today as a Bolton firm ended its involvement in a controversial project. Quarry operators Armstrong Aggregates announced that it will terminate work with AE Yates Ltd and drilling firm Cuadrilla to provide materials for the building of … Continue reading
Friar Tuck has joined the campaign to save Sherwood Forest from fracking, as a petition signed by over a quarter of a million people is handed to Environment minister, Andrea Leadsom, today (25 January). The actor Phil Rose, who played … Continue reading
Local resident near proposed fracking site in Lancashire, Claire Stephenson explains why she thinks there won’t be fracking, and how you can help fight it. On Thursday 5 January Cuadrilla moved on to Preston New Road with its contractors, AE Yates of Bolton … Continue reading
Fracking firm Cuadrilla has started work on their site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, despite opposition from local residents and their elected representatives. If they succeed in fracking it would be the first time fracking has taken place in the UK … Continue reading
After more than a year of investigation, the ASA has closed fracking company Cuadrilla’s complaint against Friends of the Earth without making a ruling. Meanwhile, evidence of the risks of fracking continues to grow.