Shale gas

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

Posted by Hannah Martin — 24 February 2017 at 2:43pm - Comments
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A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.

When it comes to fracking, does democracy count for much?

Posted by Hannah Martin — 6 October 2016 at 1:35pm - Comments
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A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

Today marks a new low in the government's plan to force fracking on the UK.

In a move that makes a mockery out of the government’s claim to champion local democracy, Westminster politicians have overturned Lancashire council’s decision to block fracking -- and decided that fracking firm Cuadrilla should be allowed to drill.

This Friday: Rally Against Fracking in Ryedale, Yorkshire

Posted by Richard Casson — 16 May 2016 at 1:37pm - Comments
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On Friday 20 May, North Yorkshire County Council will be deciding whether to approve fracking firm Third Energy's bid to drill in Ryedale, Yorkshire. With days to go before the council decision is made, people us from across Yorkshire - and around the UK - will gather for a rally outside county hall in Northallerton.

From the Fracking Frontline: Bob Dennett on Lancashire’s historic rejection of fracking

Posted by LiamBB — 1 July 2015 at 9:08am - Comments
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill
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Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrilla

After Lancashire County Council unexpectedly rejected Cuadrilla’s application to frack at Preston New Road on Monday, I wanted to hear a bit more of the story from someone at the frontline of this monumental decision. Bob Dennett is a co-founder of Frack Free Lancashire. He told me a bit about the story that led to Monday’s campaign win, and the fight that still lies ahead.

Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill

Cuadrilla's defeat a Waterloo for fracking industry - Greenpeace

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29 June, 2015

Commenting on today's decision by Lancashire County Council to turn down Cuadrilla's application to frack at a second site in the region, Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaignre Daisy Sands said:

“This decision is a Waterloo for the fracking industry and a triumph for local democracy. It's also a huge boost for efforts to kick the UK’s addiction to dangerous fossil fuels. Lancashire councillors deserve huge praise for standing up to the relentless pressure from the fracking lobby and their minister friends. Their decision sends a powerful signal to other councils that the fracking juggernaut can indeed be stopped.

Fracking deadlock: Will Lancashire councillors stay strong against the fracking industry?

Posted by LiamBB — 25 June 2015 at 1:57pm - Comments
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Local protests at Preston Town Hall earlier this week

As I write this, the Lancashire County Council planning committee charged with approving or rejecting Cuadrilla’s applications to frack for shale gas in the county, is at a stalemate. With seven members of its fifteen moving to approve the application at Preston New Road, seven standing to reject it, and one councillor abstaining, the vote - which was expected to be decided on Wednesday - has been delayed until Monday.

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OFFICIAL - Glastonbury is NOT FOR SHALE

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Michael & Emily Eavis pledge to keep Glastonbury site Frack-free

20 June, 2014

Worthy farm, Pilton, Somerset. Today Michael and Emily Eavis, whose dairy farm has been hosting Britain’s biggest and best party for over forty years, announced that the site of Glastonbury Festival will never be fracked, and Worthy Farm is officially Not For Shale!

Executive Director of Greenpeace UK, John Sauven welcomed the news –

“We salute Michael and Emily’s determination to combine good times with good deeds, to protect a site which means so much to so many people, and keep it Frack-free and Not For Shale.”

Both Emily and Michael signed a declaration which read –

I (Emily/Michael Eavis), resident at Worthy Farm, Pilton, give my word that I will not allow Fracking to take place on this site.