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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      Bury Council votes against fast-tracking Fracking

      An emergency motion brought by Bury Council leader Councillor Rishi Shori, against the Government’s plans to fast-track planning for fracking, has been passed unanimously tonight (12 September). (1) 

      12th Sep 2018
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      Urgent: Get your MP to the debate on fracking

      On Wednesday (12th September), for the first time in almost 3 years, MPs will debate #fracking in the House of Commons. This is massive!!

      8th Sep 2018
      
      	

      Friends of the Earth Director Liz Hutchins, to join Preston New Road Green Monday

      Communities protesting against Cuadrilla’s plans to frack Preston New Road will be joined by Friends of the Earth Director Liz Hutchins this Monday, the 3rd of September.

      31st Aug 2018
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      Don’t let the government fast-track fracking

      The government is consulting on whether exploratory drilling for gas should be categorised as ‘permitted development’.

      29th Aug 2018
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      Ask your council leaders to STOP fast-tracked fracking (CPRE)

      Recent government proposals to fast-track fracking are getting closer to reality. The government wants to make it possible to drill test wells for non-hydraulic fracking without needing to apply for planning permission, using planning tools intended to approve low-impact developments … Continue reading

      5th Aug 2018
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      Polling shows Conservative councillors at odds with government on fast-track fracking plans

      New polling published today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Friends of the Earth reveals that an overwhelming majority (80%) of Conservative councillors in areas where fracking companies have a license to drill and explore for gas believe that planning applications … Continue reading

      2nd Aug 2018
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      New planning rules put our climate at risk – warns Friends of the Earth

      Friends of the Earth is considering a legal challenge over the government’s new planning rules The government failed to carry out a strategic environmental assessment on its new planning rules  putting our climate and environment at risk, warns Friends of the Earth … Continue reading

      26th Jul 2018
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      Government gives fracking green-light to “dead-on-feet” industry

      Ministers backing the wrong horse, says Friends of the Earth Friends of the Earth and local residents vow to continue fighting fracking as Minister Claire Perry today (July 24, 2018 ) granted consent for the controversial process in Lancashire. The … Continue reading

      24th Jul 2018
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      Ask your councillors to oppose fast-tracking fracking

      The government has announced proposals to fast-track fracking. Exploratory drilling would be exempt from the need to apply for planning permission, like putting up a garden shed.

      21st Jul 2018
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      Government must listen to MPs and stop fracking plans

      The government must take heed of MPs and put a halt to changes to fracking rules which would take power away from local people and make it easier for fracking companies to drill.

      5th Jul 2018
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