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Responding to an announcement today by Energy Secretary Ed Davey, which allows shale gas fracking to continue in the UK, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said:

“Giving the green light to fracking for shale gas will send shock waves across the UK.

“Communities up and down the country will be disturbed by this reckless decision which threatens to contaminate our air and water and undermine national climate targets.

“George Osborne’s short-sighted dash for gas will leave the country dependent on dirty fossil fuels – MPs must stand up for a safe and affordable future by insisting on clean British energy from the wind, waves and sun.”

Friends of the Earth groups are involved with a number of local campaigns against fracking across the UK, including:

  • Hesketh Bank, South Ribble – one of the proposed Cuadrilla drilling sites – which is in the constituency of Conservative MP Lorraine Fullbrook MP.

Laurence Rankin from Southport Friends of the Earth said:

“It is worrying that the Government is pushing ahead with fracking despite the many risks to our local environment and communities. 

“Residents across Lancashire are extremely concerned about the risks of water and air pollution, and the impact widespread shale gas fracking could have on jobs in farming and tourism.

"We want clean renewable energy, not dirty fossil fuels.”

  • a Coastal Oil and Gas site at Woodnesborough, near Sandwich in Kent, in the constituency of Conservative MP Laura Sandys MP.

Stuart Cox from East Kent Friends of the Earth said:

“This decision will be greeted with alarm by people in Kent and the South East – there are huge concerns about the potential impact of fracking on local people and their environment.

“Local opposition to fracking is already strong – today’s shale gas go-ahead will make it stronger still.”


Notes to editors

1.    Watch our campaigner Helen Rimmer on BBC News explaining why safe, clean energy from our wind, sun and waves is better for rthe UK than risky fracking.

2.    Friends of the Earth is opposed to fracking because:

  • By underpinning the Government’s dash for gas, it will make it harder for us to meet our climate change targets.
  • It risks major impacts on the local environment and human health, such as water contamination, increased air pollution and water demand.
  • It risks diverting attention and investment away from a clean British energy future based on wind, wave and solar power.

For more detail please see Friends of the Earth's shale gas briefing.

2.     This guide sets out key concerns we're calling on the UK Government to address: Shale gas and fracking: 10 key questions the Government must answer.

If you're a journalist looking for press information please contact the Friends of the Earth media team on 020 7566 1649.


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