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.
The first 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. Cuadrilla could still appeal giving the Government the power to overturn the decision.
Please help us by asking David Cameron to respect Lancashire’s decision and keep the UK frack free.