Fracking in the UK
To extract the gas from underground, water and chemicals are pumped 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 fracking 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 fracking to be banned in the UK. New York State, France and other countries and states have banned fracking. Scotland and Wales have also stopped all fracking while they further examine the risks.
We’ve taken huge steps forward in the fight against fracking. Wherever fracking applications have been proposed, local people have opposed them; first in the south of England, then by Lancashire County Council last June. This was despite huge pressure from the government and the fracking industry.
This historic victory in Lancashire sends a clear message that local people don’t want fracking.
But the fight is not over.
2016 brings more challenges. Fracking company Cuadrilla has appealed the decision in Lancashire and Barclays-owned Third Energy has had its fracking application approved in North Yorkshire.
Despite the government promising it would listen to local people, politicians in Westminster could now be making the final decision in Lancashire.
Also, alongside local communities, Friends of the Earth has launched a legal challenge against the decision to approve fracking in North Yorkshire.
Join us in the fight against fracking.