Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

Statement from Frack Free Lancashire Finance Sub-group

The historical and ongoing accusations by Mr. Gayzer Frackman, questioning the integrity of individual members of the Frack Free Lancashire Finance sub-group and the committee in its entirety, seriously damages the movement.

For the avoidance of doubt, NO ONE INDIVIDUAL makes any decision about distribution of funds raised for the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund. The sub-group members give their time voluntarily to raise the funds and distribute those funds on a “need” basis, guided by the constitution. It is not autonomous, the sub-group reports fully to FFL monthly meetings.

Again, for the avoidance of doubt, the Legal Fund is NOT a charity; its sole purpose is to assist FFL “members and groups” with legal and related experts’ costs. It does not and cannot support groups or individuals that do not fall within that definition. Many avenues are open to, and are used by, other groups and individuals to raise funds from the same sources evidently with success.

Susan Holliday, Chair of PNRAG and a member of the sub-group, would like to add her voice to this statement:

These wild accusations concerning the sub-group and its individual members, of which I am one, has to stop. PNRAG has been well supported by the FFL Legal Fund in its efforts against Cuadrilla’s appeals against Lancashire County Council’s refusal of permission to frack at Preston New Road. To allege otherwise is totally wrong. These wild accusations seriously undermine FFL’s ability to continue raising funds from those who support our aims. The threat to us all is ongoing and FFL, an internationally supported group, should be applauded, not denigrated, for raising much needed funds for its members and member groups.

Jim Nisbet, former Chair of RAG and also a member of the sub-group, adds:

There exists a constitution by which the sub-group must abide in the distribution of the Legal Fund. Mr. Frackman is not, by his own admission, involved with Frack Free Lancashire, therefore the Legal Fund cannot support his actions. The Legal Fund donations and grants have been administered on a “need” basis to the members and member groups, with incoming funds ring-fenced for those groups’ likely future needs. This is done in consultation with the representatives of those groups on the sub-committee and is reported at FFL meetings, which Mr. Frackman does not attend. By accusing any individual of wrong-doing he therefore indicts every member of the sub-group, including the Chair of PNRAG. Simply put, the Legal Fund has supported both PNRAG and RAG on application for help and continues to do so. Mr. Frackman’s allegations are without foundation and border on defamation.

Frack Free Lancashire Finance sub-group condemns Mr. Frackman’s allegations and, once again, assures those who have donated to the Legal Fund that their donations have been, and continue to be, distributed with the utmost propriety.

Signed by members of the sub-group:

  • Chris Cannon, SAFE (Singleton Against a Fracked Environment)
  • Anne Fielding, RAFF (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking)
  • Susan Holliday, PNRAG (Preston New Road Action Group)
  • Maureen Mills, HAF (Halsall Against Fracking)
  • Jim Nisbet, RAG (Roseacre Awareness Group)
  • Ian Roberts, RAFF (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking)
  • Mel Tarplee, HAF (Halsall Against Fracking)






16th March 2016

For immediate release


In response to claims from pro-fracking MPs such as Kevin Hollinrake (MP for Thirsk and Malton) and the right-wing think tank the Global Warming Policy Forum, led by climate change denier Sir Nigel Lawson, that Britain is over-reliant on natural gas from Russia, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) took the unusual step of issuing a tweet to directly contradict these views.

The tweet (also attached) states:

Claims that we rely on gas from Russia are false. Almost half of our gas comes from Great Britain, with Norway and Qatar being our major international suppliers.” 

The tweet included an official government meme, which added:

 “Great Britain benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of gas supply. Less than 1% of our gas comes from Russia and we are no way reliant on it.” [see attached screenshot]

Steve Mason, from campaign group Frack Free United, said:

“The pro-fracking lobbyists are deliberately using the Russia crisis to forward their agenda by incorrectly claiming that the UK is dependent on Russian gas. Nothing could be further from the truth. As the BEIS tweet states, we only get less than 1% of our gas from Russia, and so there is absolutely no way that Putin could ‘turn the lights off’ across the UK. It is refreshing to see these pro-fracking myth-makers being put in their place by the very government department that is in charge of the country’s energy supplies.”

“This disgraceful scaremongering by pro-fracking lobbyists on the back of a very real international crisis smacks of panic and desperation, and reflects the fact that local communities and councils up and down the country are rejecting this unwanted, unnecessary and unsafe industry.”

“If people are so concerned about securing UK supply of home-produced gas, then why does the British Government allow a quarter of the gas we produce to be sold to other countries?”

The latest figures published by UKOOG, the oil and gas industry trade body, show that in 2016 the UK received 65.2% of its imported gas by pipeline from Norway, 21% as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar and 11.8% by pipeline from Holland and Belgium. Small amounts of gas also came from countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago – and Russia.

Furthermore, the UK currently exports over 25% of all the gas it produces, according to the 2017 DUKES (Digest of UK Energy Statistics) report – see tables on page 109 and 111 – mainly to the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Holland. Anti-fracking campaigners have frequently pointed that fact out.

This controversy comes at the end of a week in which a coalition of conservation groups, scientists and anti-fracking community groups sent a letter to the Prime Minister in support of the National Trust, who are resisting efforts by multinational chemicals giant INEOS to conduct seismic surveys on their land, and asking her to immediately halt unconventional gas exploration and invest in clean renewable energy instead. This coalition included the CPRE, the Marine Conservation Society, the WWF and Friends of the Earth with Unions, numerous eminent scientists and over 40 local campaign groups plus leading climate campaigners like Vivienne Westwood and Jonathon Porritt.

Steve Mason added:

“In the case of The National Trust, they are duty-bound to protect the land in their care. This government have given permission to a corporation – INEOS – to sue this national institution for access to their land. The grand coalition that have signed this letter shows that fracking is more unpopular than ever, and is never going to be accepted by local communities, however many unsubstantiated scare stories the pro-fracking lobby have in the pipeline.”

Signatory Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Watch Europe, said:

“Ineos’s fracking dreams are a nightmare for communities on both sides of the Atlantic, and that’s why so many anti-fracking campaigners are speaking up to stop them. Anyone who cares about the climate crisis, the increasing burden of global plastics pollution, and the air and water pollution associated with petrochemical manufacturing should get active in the fight to stop Ineos from fracking the UK–and anywhere else for that matter.”



Notes to the Editor:

  1. Meme from the government’s BEIS department:


  2. Letter to the Prime Minister attached

For all media enquiries, please contact: 

Steve Mason: 07793821242 

Claire Stephenson: 07929 969664

Dinah Keal on 07593 682402

Letter of support for the National Trust sent to Theresa May

RAFF is just one of many community and anti-fracking groups who have put their name to this letter delivered to Theresa May on behalf  of the National Trust who are facing bullying threats of legal action by INEOS if they refuse to allow seismic testing on their land.

You can read the full letter here.




13 March 2018

For immediate release

Dear Editor,

On behalf of a nationally supported coalition of signatories, a letter has been issued to Prime Minister Theresa May, in united support for the National Trust who are facing bullying threats of legal action by INEOS if they refuse to allow seismic testing on their land.

With seven out of eight national fracking applications having been rejected by local councils this year already, this is timely news: fracking is deeply unpopular in all communities it is being forced upon.

Steve Mason from Frack Free United said:
“This letter sends a clear message to the prime minister, that fracking is not the way to go. When will the penny drop? Fracking is not necessary and it is clearly not wanted. The National Tryst are duty-bound to protect the land in their care. This government have given permission to a corporation – INEOS – to take this national institution to court.”

The letter signatories are from national NGOs, such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The World Wide Fund for Nature, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Food and Water Campaign Against Climate Change and Campaign for National Parks.

Many eminent scientists and academics have signed, with notable climate activists Vivienne Westwood and her son, Joe Corré also signing. UK anti-fracking community groups are also amongst over 70 signatories.


Tory-controlled Fylde council favour removing local democracy from fracking decisions

28 February 2018

For immediate release

Frack Free Lancashire is extremely concerned by a Decision Item [1] that Fylde Borough Council has drafted for the upcoming planning committee meeting. In this item, the Head of Planning has recommended that fracking decisions in the Fylde should be decided by central government in Westminster. This runs counter to the accepted principles of local democracy.

Head of Planning, Mark Evans stated that there “would be some merit in the consideration of such planning applications under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) process.” It was also suggested that this decision item has no impact on Human Rights and Equalities, Sustainability and Environmental Impact, Health and Safety Risk Management: all of this is entirely questionable.

The government’s own recent report on Gas Security and Supply [2], released in October 2017, gave a strategic analysis of outline energy requirements for the coming years. The government indicated that shale gas is not needed for energy security and did not include it as a contribution to energy requirement figures for the UK.

The same week, the government also released The Clean Growth Strategy [3] with positive comment from the UK government about a low-carbon future for the UK resulting from ‘decarbonising the gas grid by substituting natural gas with low carbon gases like biogas and hydrogen.’

Theresa May was quoted in the report as saying:
“Clean growth is not an option, but a duty we owe to the next generation, and economic growth has to go hand-in-hand with greater protection for our forests and beaches, clean air and places of outstanding natural beauty.
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:

“From the government’s own analysis, fracking cannot be considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project if there is no national need. Local democratic bodies must be allowed to determine unnecessary and unwelcome applications from the oil and gas industry. Cuadrilla’s activities at Preston New Road have already clocked-up five breaches so far this year, resulting in warnings from the Environment Agency. To place decisions relating to this unwanted industry under central government control would be an abuse of our democratic process.”

Fylde Borough Councillor, Julie Brickles said:

“People need to understandthatFyldeBoroughCouncil are effectively washing their hands of difficult decisions and advocating the undermining of local democracy, rendering themselves obsolete.”




  1. Fylde Council Decision Item: House of Commons Select Committee Consultation
  2. Gas Security and Supply: A strategic assessment of Great Britain’s gas security of supply
  3. The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Future

Former government climate change expert speaks out against fracking at Cuadrilla’s “inflicted” Lancashire site

“You can be in favour of fracking or you can be in favour of doing something about climate change. But you certainly can’t be in favour of doing both at the same time.”


Yesterday (26 February 2018), during the ‘Green Monday’ event at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site, local residents and campaigners opposed to fracking were joined by John Ashton CBE, the former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mr Ashton is an esteemed diplomat and climate change expert, having served UK governments between 2006-2012.

In March 2014, Mr Ashton presented an energy and climate change address to Lancashire County Council, to support the communities of Preston New Road and Roseacre.

Mr Ashton’s visit came as Cuadrilla is in the final stages of preparation for fracking at Preston New Road, and they are also, once again (following a planning refusal) seeking permission for fracking at Roseacre at the reopened public inquiry in April. Earlier this month, Lancashire County Council development control committee voted unanimously to maintain its objection to Cuadrilla’s exploratory fracking plans at Roseacre in the forthcoming public inquiry.

During his speech, John Ashton stated:

“You can be in favour of fracking or you can be in favour of doing something about climate change. But you certainly can’t be in favour of doing both at the same time.”


John Ashton CBE


Jamie Peters from Friends of the Earth also spoke. He said:

“What you’re doing is making a difference. You’re eating into their profit margin, you’re slowing down their work. That’s what really terrifies the industry. You were not part of the plan for the fracking industry.”

Fracking: The Wild West Comes to the UK

An excellent TEDx talk by Emeritus Professor (Glasgow) David Smythe on fracking in the UK.

He exposes the fracking industry as being both unprofitable and environmentally damaging. He also describes how the industry has been misleading the public.

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Lancashire County Council Unanimously Reject Cuadrilla’s Traffic Plans

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 Frack Free Lancashire

Lancashire County Council Unanimously Reject Cuadrilla’s Traffic Plans


For immediate release

Thursday 25 January 2018

Yesterday, Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee voted unanimously to reject Cuadrilla’s revised traffic proposals for the Roseacre Wood exploratory fracking site, and the committee will now submit evidence against Cuadrilla at the Public Inquiry in April 2018.

The councillors stated that all three proposed routes were unsafe and unsuitable for large HGVs and that public safety is paramount.

Having experienced travelling through all three routes, one councillor said he was appalled by what was being proposed; another stated he was totally unconvinced with the applicant’s case and their attempts at mitigation had actually made things worse. The councillors also stated that “locals know best” when it comes to deciding on large-scale applications.

Andy Rhodes, Lancashire Police’s Chief Constable also submitted a written objection to the planning committee, stating that the requirement of policing the Roseacre site would “place significant demands on Lancashire Constabulary’s resources”.

Chair of Roseacre Awareness Group, Barbara Richardson said:

“I can not believe we are still having to fight this after four years, when it has been rejected at every level; from the residents, all the parish councils, Fylde Borough Council, who by the way also voted emphatically and unanimously against the plans saying the impacts would be severe, LCC’s Highways and Planning Officers, and our two Conservative MPs.

“These poorly-devised mitigation measures actually make matters worse putting even more lives at risk.  It is not about ‘if’ a serious accident occurs but ‘when’.

“The Planning Inspector said when rejecting the previous plans that:

‘The national need for shale gas exploration cannot be pleaded in support of this appeal …the need to ensure the safety of members of the public is paramount and would strongly      outweigh that important consideration’.
“It is time Cuadrilla accepted defeat and stop trying to override the democratic decision by trying to explore for shale gas in totally unsuitable location which puts people’s lives in danger. They seem to disregard the safety of our residents in their pursuit of profit. Enough is enough.

“Perhaps the UK just isn’t large enough to accommodate a full-blown unconventional, onshore shale gas industry after all.

“We will continue to fight this application every step of the way and look forward to presenting evidence again at the Public Inquiry alongside LCC and the parish councils.”

Notes to the Editor:

  1. Cuadrilla began work at their Preston New Road (PNR) site in Lancashireat the beginning of January 2017, following Sajid Javid MP and central government overturning Lancashire County Council’s refusal of planning permission for Cuadrilla’s fracking applications at PNR and Roseacre Wood. Heavy protests by local groups have been continuous since January of 2017 and will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.
  1. Image attached of a rural road around Roseacre village, Lancashire.
  1. For all further enquiries and information, please contact Barbara Richardson (07918) 106875

United Resistance – April 2018

In Lancashire, the United Resistance group, launched in January 2018 , is promising three months of non-violent direct actions starting in April against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans near Blackpool.

Cuadrilla claims that it will carry out its first frack in April.  United Resistance will begin on Easter Monday (2 April 2018). On the following day, Tuesday 3rd April, when the trucks are rolling we will launch non-violent direct actions that will carry us through three incredibly important months.

A Facebook page is available for current information.




All women strategy meeting at Maple Farm

Fracking Challenges Fail in Lancashire: Campaigners to Fight On


12 January 2018

Frack Free Lancashire today expressed deep disappointment that two high court challenges brought by local campaign groups against the Secretary of State and Cuadrilla, have failed in their attempts to halt drilling in Lancashire

In 2015, Lancashire County Council democratically refused planning permission for Cuadrilla’s application to carry out exploratory hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road, on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire.

Cuadrilla subsequently appealed to the Secretary of State, who in October 2016, controversially overturned the local council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the go-ahead for planning permission. An ongoing legal battle has continued since then, with the campaign group, Preston New Road Action Group, bringing a judicial review at Manchester Court of Appeal earlier this year and a subsequent appeal at the High Court in London.

Lord Justice Simon, Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Henderson today handed down the decision at the High Court in London, dismissing both cases.

A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:

“We are hugely disappointed that these appeals were dismissed today. We remain resolute and determined to counter and challenge any plans for fracking in Lancashire and beyond, and additionally, continuing to support those communities who are subjected to this industry being forced upon them.

“Public opposition to this filthy technology continues to grow, as does ourwillpower to fight this insidious industry which poses far too many risks to our health, environment and ultimately our climate change targets.

“The fight continues.”


  1. For further information, please contact a member of the Frack Free Lancashire media team.

Time running out to respond to Cuadrilla’s revised traffic management plans for Roseacre

If you haven’t done so already please take a few minutes to respond to Cuadrilla’s revised traffic manangement plans for Roseacre. The consultation closes on 10 January.

The consultation on a revised transport route strategy and related environmental information can be found here.

You can email or post your comments. Some pointers to comments you might like to raise are available on the Frack Free Lancashire website.

All representations should be emailed to
or in writing to:

Development Management Group
Lancashire County Council
PO Box 100, County Hall
Pitt Street
Preston PR1 0LD

Quoting appeal reference: (APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385)

It would be wise to copy your responses to  the Planning Inspectorate – contact:

Leanne Palmer
Major Casework
Planning Inspectorate
3 / O, TQH,
2 The Square, Bristol,

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