What Can You Do?

Below are a list of suggested Actions for you to take. In many cases we have provided links to documents for you to copy and paste. However, it is always preferable to personalise any letter/email, etc as much as possible as it is more likely to get noticed. Following the list of actions, you can find Resources that will help you conduct your own research. A list of other UK and Irish Anti-fracking groups is available below the Resources section.

Donate 

RAFF is largely self funding. Our costs include hiring rooms/halls for meetings, printing leaflets, posters and brochures, travel to events and meetings, etc. If you would like to support our campaign you can donate via the Co-operative bank – Sort Code 08-92-99. Account Number 65551125.

Current Actions

*  Cuadrilla has submitted planning applications for permission to explore two new sites on the Fylde in 2014 –  Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton (Preston New Road). The  EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) scoping reports tell you more about the plans for both Little Plumpton and Roseacre. We have created objection letters for the Preston New Road and Roseacre sites – please use these to send in your objections to Lancashire County Council now. We tell you how here The consultation for the Preston New Road site will run until Friday 5 September and the Roseacre Wood consultation until Friday 19 September.

Although Fylde Borough Council doesn’t have the authority to accept or reject planning applications, it does have a requirement to receive objections to the applications and pass these on to Lancashire County Council. Please click here to find out how to register and tell Fylde Borough Council what you think.

*  In June we launched Frack Free Lancashire - along with 16 other Fylde, Blackpool, Wyre and Preston-based campaign groups. The campaign offers Lancashire residents the opportunity to oppose Cuadrilla’s new planning applications, whilst also raising awareness of the dangers that shale gas development poses to communities. Each campaign group will now regularly be spending time in their town centres to give the public details of how to object to Cuadrilla’s new planning applications at Preston New Road and Roseacre. Why not go along and help them?

*  Consultation on Underground Drilling Access - As the current law on trespass stands, as a home owner you own the land beneath your house right down to the middle of the earth. Currently, any drilling company looking to drill horizontal boreholes have to seek permission/pay compensation to all landowners they drill under. The Government plans to change this law to allow fracking companies to drill under your home and land without your permission. This ancient law is being changed entirely for the benefit of the drilling companies. The Government has issued a consultation on its plans to change this law and is seeking feedback from the public.  Please do fill in the Online Survey and tell your family, friends, colleagues, etc to do the same. (See also Greenpeace’s campaign Not for Shale below)

*  Not For Shale is a Greenpeace initiative. The organisation says that it is unlawful for fracking companies to drill under your home without your permission. Visit the Wrong Move website Search your postcode and join the legal block today to protect your home and community from fracking.You can get involved by visiting this site, filling in your postcode and signing the petition. Over 28,000 people have signed already

Ask Cameron to say no to fracking -  a new petition from Friends of the Earth asking Cameron to reconsider his position on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, immediately and instead champion energy sources which do not risk our global climate, local environment or our health. You can find the petition here.

Other planning objections

We run regular campaigns whereby we ask you to write to Lancashire County Council to object to planning applications submitted by Cuadrilla. The more letters they receive, the more they will take notice.  Keep up to date with the latest planning applications and submit your objections where possible. You can find specific planning details from Lancashire County Council’s website.

As well as the Little Plumpton  (Preston New Road) and Roseacre planning applications listed above, there are several other applications still outstanding:

*    Singleton Planning Application NO – 05/12/0003   We need to send in as many objections as possible to Lancashire County Council, re: Cuadrilla’s Planning Application, Number 05/12/0003, which refers to test fracking of  land south of Grange Road, Singleton.  A well has already been drilled; Cuadrilla is asking for a time extension to allow for fracking. To lodge your objection please go the Lancashire County Council website, then click on Comment on this application (at the bottom of the page). You can either create your own objections or copy and paste the text of a pre-formatted letter here. Alternatively, you can print out the letter, sign it and send it to:  Environment Directorate, Lancashire County Council, Transport and Environment, Development Management Group, County Hall, PO Box 100, Preston PR1 0LD.

*    Lancashire (Preese Hall, Weeton) Applications: 05/11/0431 Type: Shale Gas Company: Cuadrilla Resources Ltd Description: Well already drilled and partially fracked; Time extension to allow more work. To object please click here.

*   Lancashire (Bonny Barn Lane, Banks) Application: 08/12/1032 Type: Shale Gas Company: Cuadrilla Resources Ltd Description: Well already drilled; Time extension to allow fracking To object please click here

Other bodies to write to:

 *   There’s a new petition on 38 Degrees asking Parliament to stop shale gas extraction. You can sign it here

*  Oil and gas companies from the US and across Europe are spending £millions on targeting Brussels in an all-out campaign to prevent EU-wide rules for the developing shale gas industry. Contact your Euro MPs to tell them that they must not listen to the claims of the energy companies – that regulations covering shale gas extraction are totally inadequate and that residents are not protected.  You can download a draft letter here. Further suggestions and a list of North West MEPs are included here.

*  Write to Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.  In order to help you, we’ve created some bullet points for you to use. Please personalise your correspondence as much as possible, so that he won’t dismiss them as coming from one campaigning group, but do please emphasis the self-regulation point. Please send your email to daveye@parliament.uk, or if you prefer to write a letter, to Ed Davey, Department of Energy & Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW.

*  Tell David Cameron to stop George Osborne sabotaging progress on climate change by signing a Greenpeace petition

*  Download and print out our flyer and persuade your local shops, sports clubs, pubs, etc to display it.

*  Download our petition, which calls for a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to be carried out on the Fylde, together with full public disclosure of all the toxic chemical constituents found in fracking fluids. Get your family, friends, customers, etc to sign it

*   Download independent engineer Mike Hill’s Presentation on Regulations (or lack of them) and his  Response (August 2012) to DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) report on earthquakes in Fylde caused by fracking. You can also hear him give a presentation on the lack of regulations on You Tube. Use the information to help you compile letters, emails, etc to DECC, Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, MPs and the Government.

Write to your MP and tell them why you think fracking is a bad idea. The website www.writetothem.com provides details of all MPs, how they voted, what they have spoken on and other information.

 

*  Lobby your Borough Councillors and County Councillors www.fylde.gov.uk and www.lancashire.gov.uk

 *  Contact us if you would like us to hold a balanced meeting in your village/church hall, etc. We can usually accept invitations at relatively short notice. Maybe you’d like to set up an anti-fracking group in your area. We have helped lots of such groups and are more than happy to offer help and advice, based on our own experience. Please also get in touch if you have time to spare for delivering leaflets about upcoming events, etc.

Resources

Download our popular four-page brochure and print some off to give out at meetings and events, etc.

 

Start asking questions!

Do your own research and learn about what’s happening. There is lots of well sourced information on the Internet – here are a few links to get you started:

  • This map shows which areas have a Petroleum & Development Exploration Licence (PEDL)
  • This is an excellent document from Friends of the Earth  - All that glitters… Is the regulation of unconventional gas and oil exploration in England really ‘gold standard’?  It looks at unconventional gas extraction in the UK and discusses the lack of adequate regulations
  • Watch the BBC’s Inside Out programme broadcast in January 2014. It discusses the environmental implications of fracking, in particular, the disposal of radioactive waste
  • Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith is  Senior Advisor to the National Toxics Network in Australia and to IPEN, an international public interest NGO, She has toured and spoken extensively on the environmental and health impacts of fracking. Here she is talking to an audience in Dublin in May 2013
  • Fracking Hell – The Untold Story is an 18 minute film that looks at the implications of fracking on communities in the USA
  • Fracking – The Truth is a 27 minute film that looks at evidence from the USA, Canada, Australia and Lancashire  that fracking  can cause earthquakes, and pollutes the air and water supply, causing public health concerns
  • BBC2 Newsnight came to the Fylde in March 2012 and raised serious concerns about the lack of regulations. Mike Hill, RAFF’s Technical Advisor, is interviewed by journalist Susan Watts. An informative item, specific to the Fylde. You can watch it here 
  • A useful graphic that explains the problems associated with shale gas extraction is available here
  • The Co-operative is firmly against fracking and maintains an informative web site that tells you how you can get involved. Also offers lots of resources for downloading
  • A video from Environmental Consultant Paul Mobbs reveals the facts about hydraulic fracking in Britain
  • The Sky is Pink by film maker Josh Fox looks at many issues, including PR efforts to distract the public from the real threats that fracking poses to drinking water and health. You can watch it here.
  • Marcellus Shale Protest is an information clearing house about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and activism and related issues. It’s a US-based site, but many of the issues discussed are relevant to UK shale gas extraction.
  • One of thousands of articles, but a good one. All the deceptions and risks are outlined clearly in this item by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

When it comes to economic arguments, the following are useful links:

  • Deutsche Bank have been critical of the potential for shale gas in the EU to make a significant impact – on supply or gas prices: “Those waiting for a shale gas ‘revolution’ outside the US will likely be disappointed, in terms of both price and the speed at which high-volume production can be achieved…whilst we think that EU shale-gas deposits certainly have the potential to contribute meaningfully to indigenous production over the next 10-20 years, we do not expect the impact of shale-gas production on EU gas prices to be anywhere near as great as has been the case with US shale-gas production.” (Deutsche Bank, ‘A first look at EU shale gas prospects’ (October 2011): cited in The Guardian).
  • Estimates are that drilling costs will be two to three times higher here than in the USA, with costs for the water needed for fracking’ up to 10 times higher. The Economist.
  • “Unconventional supply in Europe is … expected to be high cost because of different geology to US (generally much deeper) and greater logistical difficulties in development.” Department of Environment & Climate Change
  • Across the EU, 50% more jobs in wind than gas according to Ernst & Young – ‘In Spain, the wind industry would create 15 jobs for each €1 million invested compared with seven jobs for natural gas, according to the preliminary figures from Ernst & Young. Across the European Union, the figures were 21 jobs for the industry and about 15 jobs for natural gas for each €1 million invested, Ernst & Young said.

Other UK anti-fracking groups

New groups are springing up all the time. Find a group near you and get involved. All groups are looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets, raise awareness, fund raise, etc. If there isn’t a group in your area, then why not start one? Get in touch with us and we’ll help you get established.

National

Anti-fracking Network Facebook Group
BIFF! (Britian and Ireland Frack Free) Facebook Page
British Anti-Fracking Action Network Facebook Group
Conservatives Against Fracking Facebook Group
Druids Against Fracking Facebook Group
Expats support Anti-Fracking in the UK Facebook Group
Frack Free Families Facebook Group
Frack Off(UK) website
Fracking Hell (UK) is a busy Facebook Discussion Group
Fracking Nightmare Facebook Group
Gardeners Against Fracking Forever GAFF Facebook Group
Mothers Against Fracking Facebook Page
No Fracking UK Facebook Page
Students Against Fracking Facebook Page
The Warrior’s Call - Pagans United Against Fracking Facebook Page

North West England

 

Frack Free North West Facebook Page
FRACK OFF! North West against Fracking Facebook Group

Cheshire and North Wales:

Anti Fracking Warrington Facebook Group
Cheshire and Wirral Action on Fracking – CAWAF  Facebook Page
Congleton and Macclesfield Against Fracking Facebook Group
Elton,Ince,Helsby and Frodsham local Fracking info! Facebook Group
Frack Free Dee Facebook Group
Frack Free Deeside Facebook Page
Frack Free East Cheshire Facebook Page
Frack Free Farndon (West Cheshire and Chester) Facebook Group
Frack Free Malpas Facebook Page
Frack Free Mickle Trafford (Chester) Facebook Group
Frack Free Upton (Chester) Facebook Group
I’m Against Fracking at Ince Marshes Facebook Group

Lancashire:

Bowland Fracking Forum Facebook Group
Bury Against Fracking Facebook Group
Defend Lytham Facebook Page
Fleetwood Folk Say No Fracking (FFS No Fracking) Facebook Group
Frack Free Blackpool Facebook Page
Frack Free Burnley Facebook Page
Frack Free Creators – Knitting Nannas Lancashire Facebook Page

Frack Off Elswick  Facebook Page
Frack Free Freck (Freckleton) Facebook Page    Website
Frack Free Fylde Facebook Page   Website
Frack Free Kirkham and Wesham  Facebook Group
Frack Free Lancashire  Facebook Page
Frack Free Lancashire – The Campaign Facebook Group
Frack Free Pendle  Facebook Page
Frack Off Rossendale  Facebook Page
Garstang Against Fracking  Facebook Page
Hyndburn anti fracking group  Facebook Group
Inskip Against Fracking  Facebook Page
Keep East Lancashire Frack Free KELFF Facebook Group
Lancaster Against Fracking  Facebook Group
Lancaster Fights Fracking  Facebook Group
Longridge Against Fracking  Facebook Page
Preston Frack Off Facebook Page
Preston New Road Action Group (Westby, Little Plumpton, Gt Plumpton) Website Facebook Group
RAFF – Residents Against Fylde Fracking Facebook Page   Website
Ramsbottom Against Fracking  Facebook Page
REAF – Ribble Estuary Against Fracking Facebook Page    Website
Refracktion  Facebook Page   Website
Roseacre Awareness Group  Website  Facebook Page
Singleton Against a Fracked Environment (SAFE)
Thornton Unites against Fylde Fracking – TUFF Facebook Page

FOE (Lancashire)

Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth Website  Facebook Page
Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Friends of the Earth Website
North Lancashire Friends of the Earth Website
O
rmskirk & District Friends of the Earth Website

Greater Manchester:

Barton Moss and Beyond Facebook Group
Barton Moss Community Protection Camp Facebook Page
Barton Moss Community Protection Camp Wishlist Facebook Page
Bolton Against Fracking Facebook Page

Frack Free Chorlton Facebook Page
Frack Free Greater Manchester Website
Frack Free Levenshulme Facebook Group
Frack Free Salford & Manchester Facebook Page
Frack Free Stockport Facebook Page
Frack Free Tameside Facebook Group Website
Frack Free Walkden Website

Frack Free Wigan, Leigh and Makerfield Facebook Group
IGas Barton Moss Drilling Site Facebook Page
Irlam and Cadishead Frack Free Facebook Group
Keep the Fracking Hell out of Rochdale Facebook Group
Say No to Fracking on Barton Moss Facebook Group

North, North East and Yorkshire

North East Extreme Energy Awareness Facebook Group

Cleveland:

Frack Free Cleveland Facebook Closed Group

Tyne & Wear:

Frack Free Tyne & Wear  Facebook Closed Group

Yorkshire:

The Battle for Crawberry Hill Facebook Group
Crawberry Hill Community Protection Camp Facebook Page

East Yorkshire Frack Free Facebook Page
Frack Free Doncaster Facebook Page
Frack Free Harrogate and Knaresborough Facebook Group
Frack Free Hebden Bridge Facebook Page
FRACK FREE HULL & HOLDERNESS Facebook Group
Frack Free Leeds Facebook Page
Frack Free North Yorkshire Facebook Page
Frack Free Scarborough Facebook Group
Frack Free Skipton and Craven Facebook Page
Frack Free (S. Yorks) Facebook Group Website Facebook Page
Frack Free York – Our Clean Energy Future Facebook Group
Hull & East Yorkshire Against Fracking Facebook Group
Keep your fracking hands off Calderdale (West Yorks) Facebook Group

Birmingham and Midlands

Say no to Fracking Shrewsbury,Oswestry,Wrexham and Chester Facebook Page

Birmingham:

Gasfield Free Birmingham Facebook Page

Derbyshire:

Frack Free Derbyshire Facebook Page
Frack Free Glossop Facebook Page

Lincolnshire:

Frack Free Lincolnshire Facebook Group

Nottinghamshire:

Bassetlaw Against Fracking Facebook Group
Daneshill Community Protection Camp Website
Frack Free Nottinghamshire Facebook Group  Facebook Page

Shropshire:

Shropshire Anti-Fracking – Expect Resistance (SAFER) – Frack Off! Facebook Group

Staffordshire:

Gas Free Stoke Facebook Group
No3Nooks Gas Facebook Page
Tamworth Against Fracking Facebook Page

Warwickshire:

Gasfield Free Leamington Facebook Page
Gasfield Free Rugby Facebook Page

 West and South West

Devon:

Frack Free Devon Facebook Group

Dorset:

Frack Free Dorset Facebook Group
Protect Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck Website
Protect our Purbecks  Facebook Group

Gloucestershire:

Frack Free Five Valleys (Gloucestershire) Facebook Page

Herefordshire:

Ban Fracking in Herefordshire Facebook Page

Somerset:

Bruton Gasfield Free Community Facebook Page
FAB – Fracking Awareness Backwell (Somerset) Facebook Page
Frack Free Bristol Facebook Page
Frack Free Chew Valley (Somerset) Facebook Page
Frack Free Somerset Website
Frack Free Yeovil and surrounding areas Facebook Page
Gas Field Free Mendip Website Facebook Page
Get the Frack out of The Mendips Facebook Page

Wiltshire:

KWIFF – Keep Wiltshire Frack Free Facebook Group

London, East and South East

East Anglia:

Frack Free East Anglia Facebook Group

Essex:

Frack Free Essex Facebook Group

Kent:

Frack Free Darenth Valley Facebook Page
Frack Free Sandwich Facebook Page
No Fracking in East Kent Facebook Page
No Fracking in Shepherdswell Facebook Page

Hampshire:

Frack Free Solent Web site Facebook Group
Solent Fracking Awareness Facebook Group
Southampton Fracking Awareness Facebook Group

Isle of Wight:

Frack Free Isle of Wight Facebook Page
Isle of Wight – Fight Against Fracking! Facebook Group

London:

Frack Off London Facebook Page

Oxfordshire:

Oxon Against Fracking Facebook Page

Surrey:

Frack Free Surrey Facebook Page

Sussex:

Balcombe and Beyond Facebook Group
Brighton Action Against Fracking Facebook Page
Chichester Anti-fracking Forum Facebook Group
Frack Free Arun Facebook Page
Frack Free Balcombe Website
Frack Free Billingshurst Facebook Page
Frack Free FRow (Forest Row) Facebook Page
Frack Free Horsham and District Facebook Group
Frack Free Markwells Wood (near Havant – Hampshire border) Facebook Group
Frack Free Sussex  Facebook Page
Frack Free Sussex Food Alliance Facebook Page
Gas Drilling in Balcombe Website
Gasfield Free Sussex Website Facebook Page
Horsham Against Fracking Facebook Page
Keep Kirdford and Wisborough ‘Green’.  No Drilling Facebook Page
SEER – Sussex Extreme Energy Resistance Facebook Page
Sussex Hampshire Awareness Fracking Trust  S.H.A.F.T.  Facebook Group
Wealden Against Fracking Facebook Page
Worthing Against Fracking Facebook Group

Channel Islands:

No Fracking Jersey Facebook Page

Wales

Anti-fracking West and Mid-WaleFacebook Group
Frack Free Llantrisant Website Facebook Page
Frack Free Newport Facebook Page
Frack (UCG) Free Swansea Facebook Group
Frack Free Wales Facebook Group Facebook Page
Frack Off Llanelli Facebook Group
Keep your Fracking Hands off Neath Port Talbot Facebook Group
Llantrithyd Villagers Against Fracking Website Facebook Page
N.E. Wales Anti-Fracking Network Facebook Page
S.A.F.E. Swansea Against Fracked Energy Facebook Page
Say No to Fracking in South Wales Facebook Page
The Vale says NO! (Glamorgan) Facebook Page

 Ireland

Ballinlea Residents Group / Protect our North Coast (Antrim) Website
Belfast not for $hale Website
Carrick Against Fracking Facebook Page
Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN) Website
Frack Free Kerry Facebook Page
Fracking Free Clare Facebook Page
Fracking Free Ireland Website
NO FRACKING IRELAND Facebook Group
No Fracking Leitrim Facebook Group
No Fracking Northern Ireland Facebook Page
No Fracking Sligo Facebook Page
No Fracking Tyrone Facebook Group
North West Network Against Fracking (Ireland) Facebook Page
Rathlin Bay Residents Say no to Fracking (Antrim) Website
Stop Fracking Fermanagh Facebook Page

Scotland

FAUG – Forth valley Against Unconventional Gas Website Facebook Page
Frack Free Forth Valley Facebook Page
Frack Off Glasgow Facebook Group
Frack Off Peeblesshire Facebook Group
Frack Off Scotland Facebook Group Facebook Page

 

Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)

There are a few groups dedicated to fighting Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)

No UCG Warks  (Warwickshire) Facebook Page
Wirral Residents’ Underground Coal Gasification Awareness Facebook Page
Wirral & Cheshire Awareness Group on UCG, Fracking & CBM Facebook Group

 

Come and join us!

RAFF holds regular meetings to educate and update residents on the current situation and to spread the message. See our Events page for details.