UK Fracking

Fracking Companies Hoped They'd Get Away With It

Louisa Casson | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Casson

The stir caused by attempts to frack in Lancashire is clear from the moment you arrive. The bus driver directed me to the site where Cuadrilla are trying to start fracking as almost a tourist destination, and fracking was the hot topic of conversation on the bus as we passed the gate. One passenger mentioned the earthquakes that had happened as a result of previous fracking attempts near Blackpool, and said about local residents here, "they're all very worried."

It Is Now Or Never To Stop Fracking In Its Tracks

Sebastian Kelly | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Sebastian Kelly

This week I will take direct action to target the fracking industry. I'll put my body on the line to obstruct, protest and oppose shale gas extraction. I'll be nervous when I take action. It means stepping into the frontline and that carries risks, including arrest and even prosecution. But I will be there.

Fracking Will Hurt Local Communities - We Must Do Everything We Can To Stop It

Emily Connor | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Emily Connor

It's time we do everything we can to prevent the fracking industry from disastrous extraction of fossil fuels. It's time we stand up with the communities affected by the fracking industry and combat the media's narrative by engaging people and building the alternative, clean fuelled future we deserve.

No Time To Waste - Cop22

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

This week the Paris Agreement to address climate change enters into force, just ahead of world leaders reconvening at the COP22 climate talks in Marra...

Fracking Protest Blocks Bank Entrance With Entire Living Room Complete With Tea And Biscuits

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

A group of anti-fracking protesters has set up their own living room in front of a central London Barclays branch. Activists from Friends Of The Earth...

Heathrow Expansion Is An Environmental Travesty

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Pendleton

Permitting Heathrow expansion - hot on the heels of giving the green light to fracking - positions May and her government as climate wreckers. But it also puts them firmly on the side of greedy, dirty businesses and against millions of ordinary people when they could be helping us all from political and tax-payer investment in infrastructure.

Respect Local Democracy And Keep Britain Frack-Free

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What is it with this government and fracking? They seem to be obsessed with drilling; the proven safe and truly renewable wind and solar energies are not for them. They want the earth penetrated by drilling and the injection of high pressure water, laced with a cocktail of nasty chemicals and sand, to frack the hell out of the rocks beneath our beautiful countryside.

We Fracking Matter Up North Too You Know!

Fi Newsam | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Fi Newsam

Today the Government approved Cuadrilla's plans to go ahead with fracking at a site in Lancashire. You will have heard the to-ing and fro-ing that has gone on between the local council, Cuadrilla, various activist groups, the government and the local people.

When It Comes To Fracking, It Seems That Democracy Doesn't Count For Much

Hannah Martin | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Hannah Martin

Through overturning the decision, Westminster politicians have effectively declared that fracking industry profits are more important than the concerns of British people... While today's news is not what we wanted, this is far from the end of the story. As Lancashire resident Pat Davis said this morning: "this travesty of justice will not be accepted."

Fracking Is Coming To Lancashire Despite Massive Opposition

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK

The Government has “ignored massive local opposition” and approved a controversial fracking scheme in Lancashire, despite mass protests and the co...

The Waugh Zone October 6, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, October 6… 1) KIP, KIP, HOORAY? Theresa May’s speech certainly got several of the headlines ...

The Next Labour Government Will Ban Fracking

Barry Gardiner | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Labour is clear on the long-term direction of travel of the British economy. The Tories are trying to lock the country into the old, dirty technologies that harm our communities and the people who are forced to live with disruption on their doorstep... By contrast, Labour will back the clean technologies of the future, and make sure the opportunities for good jobs, investment and a safe environment are shared across the whole of the UK.

Rewards From Renewables, Foul Play From Fracking

Connor Dwyer | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Connor Dwyer

This government needs to stop seeing pound signs, and instead see the people on the frontline of fracking. So whilst one man's bribe may be another man's compensation in the fracking industry, one man's innovation can be another man's reward, if this government would only take a greener path.

If Your Area's About To Be Fracked Your Family Could Be Paid £20,000

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK

Families will be given cash payments of up to £20,000 in recompense for fracking in their area, under new plans announced by Theresa May. A £1 bil...

Will Brexit Lead to a Fracking Free-For-All?

Adam Manuel | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Manuel

So will there be a fracking free-for-all? Not quite. Unfortunately the industry will inevitably expand, but probably not in the way people are expecting.

Our Politics Is Like the Last Stage of a Desperate, Drunken Party: We Need to Sober Up Fast

Natalie Bennett | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We need to hand the power to the people. That clearly means, in the immediate future, a general election. And then it means profound electoral reform - a fair voting system that produces a government that reflects the will of the people. That means proportional representation. It means an elected House of Lords. It means a will to ensure a society in which no one is left hungry, no one homeless, no one stranded without hope of a decent life. It means a society that lives within the environmental limits of our one fragile planet.

The Waugh Zone May 25, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday May 25, 2016… 1) IFS AND BUTS David Cameron has landed in Japan for the G7 summit. But back ho...

Fracking: Ministers 'Sitting On' Climate Change Report

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of ‘sitting on’ a long-awaited report on fracking and climate change in a bid to help the oil industry. HuffPost UK ha...

The Waugh Zone May 24, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday May 24, 2016… 1) KNIFE-EDGE VOTE Another day, another relentless bit of heavy pounding of Brexit...

Fracking Is Coming To North Yorkshire Despite Overwhelming Opposition

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

Councillors in North Yorkshire have given the green light to the first fracking operation in the UK for five years, despite huge local opposition. The...

Angry Farmer Sprays Tanker Full Of Poo At Oscar-Winning Actress

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK

A farmer sprayed manure at Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson after she broke a court injunction to protest against fracking on his land. Thompson an...

Welcome to the Frack Free Bake Off!

Emma Thompson | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Emma Thompson

I can say with certainty that these are words I've never uttered before: This morning I'm in a field in Lancashire, helping set up a makeshift kitchen and getting ready to take part in a baking-themed protest over plans to frack for gas under the ground I'm stood on. It's an unusual way of protesting. So why, dear reader, would I do such a thing? For almost five years, Lancashire has been in the midst of a battle to stop the shale gas industry. And despite huge local opposition, fracking firm Cuadrilla is determined to set up its rigs and drill.

Why Susan Sarandon Is Right About Hillary

Aaron Vallely | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

I have frequently paid attention to the recurring memory of an anecdote the late Christopher Hitchens once scribbled delectably about Hillary Clinton....

A Magic Solution to Fracking and Climate Change?

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

Leonardo Di Caprio's impassioned Oscars acceptance speech urging collective responsibility for Climate Change demonstrated how popular culture can rai...

Why I'm Joining Greenpeace's Fracking Protest Outside Westminster Today

Tina Rothery | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Tina Rothery

We're planning to stay here all day in protest at government plans to force fracking on communities across the country. Today we want to show David Cameron's government - this is what it feels like to have the shale gas industry pushed on you against your own will.