Fracking in the UK
Controversial shale gas exploration has come to the UK.
To extract the gas, water and toxic chemicals are pumped underground at high pressure through a risky technique called fracking.
Coal bed methane, another controversial fuel, is also sometimes extracted through fracking.
The UK Government has given the green light despite:
- mounting community opposition
- overhyped economic benefits - fracking in the UK is unlikely to lower fuel bills
- contributions towards dangerous climate change
- links to drinking water contamination in USA and Australia
Friends of the Earth is calling for a stop to fracking - it's not the right solution.
A huge step in the fight against fracking has been won. Two fracking applications were rejected by Lancashire Council. This historic victory sends a clear message that local people don’t want fracking.
But the fight is not over. Barclays-owned company Third Energy is just weeks away from finding out if it can frack in the beautiful town of Ryedale.
Tell Barclays to stop funding fracking.