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Ban on surface drilling doesn't stop fracking pollution spillover

Last edited 4 November 2015 at 5:42pm
4 November, 2015

The government has announced a new consultation on banning surface drilling from fracking in some conservation areas, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Greenpeace dismissed the plan as ‘designed to mollify concerned backbenchers but lacking the substance to actually protect the countryside from fracking pollution.’

Greenpeace campaigner, Hannah Martin said: “This announcement might have banned drilling rigs from littering the landscape, but the government isn’t banning fracking pollution spilling over into our most fragile and treasured countryside.

MPs must block plans that leave wildlife and nature sites exposed to fracking

Posted by Hannah Martin — 3 November 2015 at 6:12pm - Comments
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The government wants to weaken plans to protect national parks, like the South Downs, from fracking

With public support for fracking at an all time low, you could be forgiven for think that the government might start to reconsider its plan to force drilling on towns and communities across the country. But no. Because just last week, a small committee MPs rubber-stamped regulations that will weaken the level of protection given to special areas of the English countryside from the impacts of fracking.

If we don’t speak up, solar power in the UK will face a cloudy future

Posted by Richard Casson — 20 October 2015 at 2:56pm - Comments
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There was a time when it was rare to see solar power on rooftops here in the UK. Our cloudy skies and the high cost of panels meant the technology was out of reach in all but the sunniest parts of the country.

But over the last decade, things have changed dramatically.

Do you live in north Yorkshire? Here's how to tell the council you oppose fracking

Posted by Richard Casson — 29 September 2015 at 9:49am - Comments
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Fracking firm Third Energy wants to frack for shale gas in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. But before they can go ahead they've got to obtain planning permission -- and right now North Yorkshire County Council is running a consultation on its website, inviting Yorkshire residents to email in with their views.

Want to show your opposition to fracking? Get started with these materials and resources

Posted by Richard Casson — 25 August 2015 at 6:51pm - Comments

Have you ever wanted to show your opposition to fracking by putting up a poster in your window at home? Or need some tips on explaining the risks of fracking to a friend? The resources on this page will help you get started. Click the links below to download each one, or you can share other useful links in the comments section below.

Posters

'I'm not backing fracking' poster (download PDF 358 Kb)

New fracking proposals: an "affront to local democracy"

Last edited 13 August 2015 at 12:13pm
13 August, 2015

The government have today announced that they will introduce new guidance that will fast track fracking.   

Greenpeace Head of Campaigns, Daisy Sands responded: "The contrast between government's view that local councils should be 'masters of their own destiny' and the new provisions announced today is staggering. Local residents could end up with virtually no say over whether their homes and communities are fracked or not. This is a clear affront to local democracy.

Local power to the local people

Posted by Graham Thompson — 13 August 2015 at 11:58am - Comments
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There's nothing for you here.

Greenpeace think that energy policy the world over should be localised and democratised. Not only is it more efficient to generate power near where it’s going to be used, but giving communities some control over their power supply has numerous other advantages, many of which are being smugly illustrated on a daily basis by Germany.

Outright ban? Sneaky plans afoot for national parks to get fracked sideways

Posted by LiamBB — 17 July 2015 at 4:06pm - Comments
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Something's missing from Amber Rudd's pledge...

After pledging to protect national parks and groundwater from fracking in January, the Government has revealed a backdoor plan that could be disastrous for some of our most treasured countryside.

Beyond fracking, from Balcombe to Lancashire

Posted by LiamBB — 10 July 2015 at 8:50am - Comments
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RepowerBalcombe members launch their solar coop

Guest blog: Joe Nixon explains how his town, Balcombe in West Sussex, turned the threat of fracking into an opportunity for renewable energy.