What Can You Do?

Below are a list of suggested Actions for you to take. In many cases provide 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.

Lend us your talents!

Are you able to help us in any way? We are always looking for people who have legal knowledge; design skills for creating leaflets, posters, brochures, etc; printing facilities; delivering leaflets; etc. If you can help please contact us at raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk

Donate 

RAFF spends a lot of time applying for funding from various bodies. 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.

Join our list of Businesses Against Fracking

At the end of January 2015, over 240 Lancashire-based businesses, community groups, and trade union groups wrote to Lancashire County Councillors to call on the council to reject plans for fracking and support clean energy alternatives. This list is growing daily. If you are a business and are against fracking please do contact us and we will add your business to our list raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk

Wear a Frack Free Lancashire T-shirt or sweatshirt/hoody! 

People frequently ask where they can buy the yellow Frack Free Lancashire t-shirts and sweatshirts. They can be ordered from Springfield Market, 178 N Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1RJ. Tel:  01253 751287

Display a poster in your window or garden

There are Frack Free Lancashire posters popping up all over the Fylde – it’s a wonderful way of showing solidarity with the anti-fracking movement. If you would like to display a poster please get in touch and we’ll arrange delivery. Mail us at raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

Current Actions

*  Cuadrilla has submitted planning applications for permission to explore two new sites on the Fylde  –  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 (Preston New Road) and Roseacre. RAFF, together with other anti-fracking groups, has been busy obtaining signatures for objection letters for  both the Preston New Road and Roseacre sites. This campaign has, so far, been hugely successful and LCC have received an unprecedented number of objections. The determinations will be heard in April 2015. There is still time to lodge your objections but you must send in the following by 17 April 2015:

Post: Outline your objections in a letter or print out the pro-forma letters below and post them to: The Development Management Group, County Hall, PO Box 100, Preston, PR1 0LD. Preston New Road Pro-forma Letter   Roseacre Wood Pro-forma Letter

(IMPORTANT: You must always include your name, signature, full address, post code and date in all correspondence to Lancashire County Council, otherwise your letter may not be valid).

Email: Compose your own comments or copy and paste comments from the pro-forma letters above and email them to: devcon@lancashire.gov.uk

Phone: You can talk to someone and list your objections by phone: 01772 531929

Online: To object online follow these steps: Step 1 – Click here then select ‘make a representation online’ Step 2 – Fill in your name, address and email, then click ‘Next’ Step 3 – State why you oppose Cuadrilla’s plans. IMPORTANT – Include the following details Application number – Preston New Road: LCC/2014/0096 Roseacre Wood: LCC/2014/0101; Location of development – Can be left blank; Your objection – Explain your concerns and consider using the pro-forma objection letters above for guidance; Step 4 – Click ‘Submit’.

*  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

Sign these petitions: 38 Degrees has launched a petition to show councillors how much local opposition there is to fracking in Lancashire. Please can you sign it - by doing so, not only will you be telling councillors that you don’t want fracking but you will also be giving your support to those councillors who are fighting it. The pro-fracking bias of the press has been taken up by 38 Degrees who are trying to persuade folk to write to their local Lancashire-based papers. It says “Let’s make sure our local press talk  about how much public opposition there is to this dirty gas. Can you send a letter to newspapers near you now and tell them why you’re against fracking?”  Please do send your local newspaper a letter – they know how much local opposition there is and maybe if we all send letters  in, we may get more balanced reporting. Again from 38 Degrees is another petition asking Parliament to stop shale gas extraction – you can sign it here

*  In June 2014 Frack Free Lancashire was launched, comprising RAFF and 16 other Fylde, Blackpool, Wyre and Preston-based campaign groups. In early 2015, the number of groups active in Lancashire has reached over 35.  Each of the campaign groups regularly hold events in their town centres to raise public awareness about fracking. Why not go along and help them?

* Make visible protests. Put up posters and other anti-fracking signs. We can supply Frack Free Lancashire A4 posters to put up in windows.

 *  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

Our brochure is no longer available for downloading as it is now out of date. We should have a new brochure ready for you to use soon. The original brochure has reached thousands and thousands of residents both on the Fylde and further afield and has been an important tool in our anti-fracking campaign.

Frack Off provides access to a large number of campaign materials (leaflets etc); filmsreports; and more.

 

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:

General

  • This map shows which areas have a Petroleum & Development Exploration Licence (PEDL)
  • Ecological survey company Arbtech has created an infographic about fracking called ‘Cracking the Fracking – Everything You Need To Know’. It’s ideal for understanding the extraction process, history, environmental concerns and more.  Click here to download it
  • Drill or Drop is an excellent and very current resource that provides independent evidence-based reporting of the exploitation of onshore oil and gas and the campaign against it
  • Talk Fracking is a great site for keeping up to date with UK fracking news
  • Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace both provide information and resources, petitions and other useful material
  • Fracking Hell is an 18 minutes length film and is a great, short introduction to fracking
  • Jessica Ernst: The Consequences of Fracking describes  first hand the devastating consequences of hydraulic fracturing in her town of Rosebud, Alberta, Canada. Jessica was a guest of RAFF and spoke at one of our public meetings
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • A balanced overview of what fracking will mean for the Fylde was published in The Guardian on 15 January 2015

Regulations

  • 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
  • Download independent engineer Mike Hill’s Presentation on Regulations (or lack of them) and his  Response 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.

Health  aspects

  • MEDACT represents health professionals who aim to educate, analyse and campaign for global health on issues related to conflict, poverty and the environment. In March 2015 it published Health & Fracking: the impacts & opportunity costs, which concludes that hydraulic fracturing for shale gas poses significant risks to public health and calls for an immediate moratorium to allow time for a full and comprehensive health and environmental impact assessment (HIA) to be completed.  In December 2014 a MEDACT letter was sent to Lancashire County Councillors, claiming that the potential health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants from shale gas extraction, produced by Public Health England, was inadequate and incomplete and arrived at an erroneous, unsubstantiated and misleading conclusion. The latest report supersedes this letter.
  • Breast Cancer UK has concerns about the potentially adverse health effects of increased exposure to harmful chemicals that may occur as a result of its use and has issued Breast Cancer UK Fact Sheet: Fracking
  • At the end of 2014, New York State banned fracking due to health concerns. The decision was based on two papers.  A new working paper analysis from the energy science organisation, PSE Healthy Energy covers a wide range of outcomes. A second new document is the release of a major update to the Compendium of scientific, medical and media findings from Concerned Health Professionals of New York. The Compendium can be downloaded here
  • Shale gas regulation in the UK and health implications of fracking, Mike Hill, The Lancet, 20 June 2014
  • Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources, Lisa M. McKenzie, Roxana Z. Witter, Lee S. Newman, John L. Adgate. Science of the Total Environment
  • List of the Harmed  is an ever-growing list of the individuals and families that have allegedly been harmed by fracking (or fracked gas and oil production) in Pennsylvania,  USA
  • 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

 

Academia

  • Frackademia is the study of the relationships between academia, the fossil fuels industry and public agencies. Many university departments and academics are sponsored by energy companies – their reserach is not independent. This report, Frackademics – how the fracking industry and their PR machine have infiltrated the academic community, provides research that shows that the fracking industry and their PR machine have infiltrated the academic community and skewed the scientific arguments in favour of shale gas.

Economic factors

  • Many financial institutions have warned that only a fraction of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves can be safely burned and that the remainder could plummet in value, posing huge risks to investors. These include the World Bank, Bank of England, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and Standard & Poor’s.
  • The fall in oil prices is curbing the established USA shale industry and will have a knock on effect on the nascent UK shale sector

 

 

Other UK & Ireland 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.