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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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      Save Ryedale’s bats #DontFrackOurBats

      Protected bat species have been identified right next to a fracking site in Ryedale, Yorkshire. Ecologists have recommended that work must not go ahead at the site until a full investigation has been carried out. But fracking company Third Energy plans … Continue reading

      14th Sep 2017
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      Ask Greg Clark to refuse fracking permission in Lancashire

      It’s happened. The fracking company Cuadrilla has started drilling in Lancashire.

      17th Aug 2017
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      Fossil Free

      Friends of the Earth and community campaigners are calling on Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, not to give final consent to allow fracking to go ahead in Lancashire, as drilling is reported at Preston New Road today.

      Greg Clark MP still has to give final consent before the controversial hydraulic fracturing process can begin. With support for fracking at an all-time low, and local opposition increasing, Friends of the Earth has said it’s not too late for … Continue reading

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      National support for fracking at lowest level yet

      UK support for fracking is at its lowest recorded level according to the latest BEIS Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracker reported released today (3 August). Support for fracking has decreased over the last year, from 21% to just … Continue reading

      3rd Aug 2017
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      66% of Lancashire residents oppose fracking in their local area

      Over half of people surveyed (54%) still believe fracking to be unsafe, despite long-term efforts from the industry to sell the controversial process to the county.

      30th Jun 2017
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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
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      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
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      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
      
      	

      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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