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Please support UK anti-fracking campaigners ahead of key decisions

21 January 2015


 Dear all,

28th January: monumental decision will determine the fate of fracking in Lancashire

We need your help. It only takes a few minutes!

Contribute by sending an email, twitter, and support the UK anti-fracking campaigners.

1.Please read the message from Tony (and Antoine) from Friends of the Earth (Uk and Europe) and act accordingly!! TODAY!

2. Geraldine (our Irish campaigner living in Brussels)  plans to visit Lancashire to be there for the monumental decision. She is looking for a small Irish delegation and/or a (small) donation to cover the cost for her trip to Lancashire, see message below.
Contact her on facebook or by web FFI.

3. Read the latest news and :Press release  from Friends of the Earth:
Members of powerful committee of MPs call for fracking moratorium

4. sign the petition : http://www.foe.co.uk/act/petition-stop-fracking-in-lancashire

Let's keep the Frogs in and the Frackers out!

Ineke Scholte
Fracking Free Ireland www.frackingfreeireland.org
Fracking Free Ireland -

Fracking Free Ireland - Brussels


  Dear all, dear friends,

First of all, please accept my apologies for the cross-posting.

I am taking the liberty of contacting you today to forward you the request I've just received from my colleague Tony Bosworth, from Friends of the Earth UK.

As you may know, the campaign against fracking in the UK has reached a critical stage as next week the county council in Lancashire in North West England will decide whether to approve applications by Cuadrilla for fracking at two sites. This would be the first fracking in the UK since 2011. This has been the focus of a huge campaign, with tens of thousands of objections sent in by local people, support from many local businesses and opposition from the medical profession and trades unions. If the applications are turned down, it would be a body blow for the industry in the UK.

Now, to put even more pressure on the council's shoulder before the decision, our friends from the UK would need some support from the outside world.

They're not asking much, but they need messages of support from as many groups, organisations, coalitions and concerned citizens as possible, in order to show that decisions on fracking in Lancashire matter to people all over the world, not just in the local area.

As a suggestion, depending on where you’re from, these could express messages such as ‘we have won and so can you’ or ‘don’t make the same mistakes as us’ or ‘we are supporting Lancashire’ or any message you want to send.  If you could do this with an image – maybe of local campaigners or of the impacts of fracking on your area – that would be great.  

The messages of support and solidarity would then be shared on Twitter and Facebook. 
If you can help, please email Jamie Peters on jamie.peters@foe.co.uk as soon as possible to let him know, and also send him your image or message when you’ve done it.
Please pass on this message to your contacts. If you’re from a national organisation, please send this out to your local campaign groups.

Sorry for the short notice, but we need these messages by the end of this week at the latest.
Next week, the Twitter hashtag #LancsDecides (Lancs is the shortened version of Lancashire) will be used to promote as much as possible all the contributions you would nicely send Jamie.

If you have any questions, please get in touch either with my colleague Tony (tony.bosworth@foe.co.uk) or with Jamie.
Many thanks in advance for your needed help,
All the best,

Antoine Simon
Economic Justice Programme
Extractive Industries Campaigner

Friends of the Earth Europe
TEL: +32 2 893 1018
Mobile: +32 486 685 664
FAX: +32 2 893 1035

Tony Bosworth
Energy Campaigner
Friends of the Earth England, Wales & Northern IrelandClick here to add a title or text.


Hi all, 

Since I'm in Cork at the moment on my way back to Brussels, I plan to stop over in Lancashire on January 28 to be there for the monumental decision which will determine the fate of fracking in the UK. (Though some are saying it's a done deal with United Utilities already laying pipework to a proposed well pad on Preston New Road site).

It would be wonderful to have a small Irish delegation especially with the Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan being a Tipperary man. Please email me if you any of you are also heading over. 

If you can't be there but can afford to make a small donation towards my trip to the UK (transport + accommodation in Lancashire has already been sorted but I need to book a flight or bus trip to Liverpool), please get in touch. As usual, doing everything on a shoestring budget which is hugely stressful! 

Best wishes,
Facebook: Fracking Free Ireland - Brussels


Press release
Members of powerful committee of MPs call for fracking moratorium

Members of a powerful committee of MPs have called for a moratorium on fracking, it was revealed today (Thursday 22 January 2015). 

The call by eight members of the Environmental Audit Committee is based on the conclusions of the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into fracking, due to be published on Monday (26 January 2015), and follows news yesterday, revealed by Friends of the Earth, that a cross party group of ten MPs will also propose a fracking moratorium motion in Parliament on Monday. 

Responding to the news, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Donna Hume said:

“The call for a UK moratorium by senior cross party MPs is a further blow to an industry still reeling from the recent ban on fracking in New York State due to health risks. 

“From Lancashire to Balcombe, communities are rejecting the fracking industry’s spin and this move shows MPs aren’t swallowing it either. 

“The truth is people do not want a high-impact fossil fuel industry that would leave a legacy of pollution and disruption and would lock the world into further climate change. 

“The tide is turning against fracking around the world with bans in place from France to Texas - British politicians should follow suit and vote to stop fracking on Monday.”

Members of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have proposed an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to introduce ‘a moratorium on the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas deposits in order to reduce the risk of carbon budgets being breached’. The amendment comes ahead of the publication of the Committee’s conclusions from an inquiry into the Environmental risks of fracking, due on Monday 26 January, the same day that MPs will vote on the amendment.

It comes as the Labour Party says fracking should not go ahead at sites unless a list of conditions are met, including ensuring that drinking water protection zones are ruled out from fracking. 

Donna Hume said: 

“Labour is right to call for a ban on fracking near aquifers used for drinking water, its basic common sense. But with such high risks from fracking to health, the environment and climate change, Labour should back the call of cross party MPs for an immediate moratorium so these risks can be assessed.” 


Notes to editors

1.    The proposed amendment from the members of the Environmental Audit Committee can be seen here (amendment 68): 
2.    A separate cross party group of MPs had yesterday (Wednesday 21 January) called for a moratorium on fracking. Details can be seen here.
3.    The Labour party amendment can be seen here (New Clause NC 19).

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