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On 1st December we will be protesting against a UK 'Dash to Gas' on the streets of London in the NATIONAL CLIMATE MARCH 2012 Find out more
Past campaign actions on fracking
Chemical Cocktail Party, organised by Frack Off UK
Wednesday 26 September
The frackers are gathering together at the UK Shale Summit (http://
But it seems that our invite was lost in the post. We don’t think they’ll mind if we crash their cocktail party, do you? In fact, we’ll even bring a few friends along just to show there are no hard feelings. Just be sure to bring your own toxic tipple.
Hilton London Metropole Hotel
West Wing Entrance, Harbet Road
London, W2 1JU,
Chemical chic. Think chemical suits, gas masks or your toxic black tie best.
Check here for updates.
Fylde and Ribble anti-fracking bike ride
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF), Friends of the Earth and Residents Action on Flyde Fracking (RAFF) are organising an anti- Fracking bike ride that will tour fracking sites in Lancashire to highlight the issue of fracking to the government and local councillors.
The ride will follow two routes from Southport and Blackpool. Southport route c.9.30am start from the train station, and slightly later start (c. 10.30am) in central Blackpool.
With lunch stops in Lytham St Annes and Hesketh Bank.
You are welcome to cycle for all or part of the routes.
National anti-Fracking Gathering
Saturday 17th March
Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester. 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
British Isles - wide Anti Fracking Network formed !
The Gathering was a great success with more than 70 attending and more importantly representatives from anti-fracking groups all around the country ..... from REAF (Ribble Estuary, Lancashire), RAFF (Blackpool area, Lancashire), The Vale Says No (South Wales), No Fracking in Sussex (Balcombe and Lewis) and from Kent, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Also present were activists from Frack Off and The Campaign against climate Change, Tony Bosworth from Friends of the Earth and Justin Woolford speaking on behalf of the Co-operative Society, whilst the meeting opened with a presentation from John Broderick from the Tyndall Centre
The most significant outcome of the Gathering was the formation of the British Isles wide Anti-Fracking Network.
The Gathering also featured reports from 8 local areas around the country and Workshop Sessions that included: 'All you need to know about fracking: General Introduction' by Will Cottrell from 'Frack Off'; 'Stop the frackers in your area: Planning and legal issues' with Laura Gyte from the FOE legal team, Andy Chiba from The Vale Says No and Felicity from TOOKS Chambers; 'Frack Free Zones and other useful campaigning initiatives' with Justin Woolford and Tony Bosworth from FOE; 'Extreme Energy' by Frack Off; Direct Action workshop by Frack Off - and finally a Presentation on fracking, coal bed methane and the companies pushing these by Paul Mobbs.
Activists from the all around the country left the Gathering better linked up than ever before, with a new sense of the strength of the nation-wide movement and buoyed up by a sense of common purpose for the fight ahead....
Frack Mob 2
"Leprachaun March and Road Block"
4.30 - 5.30 pm. Meet Swiss Cottage Tube, Avenue Road Exit.
Join the next mass-action against fracking the UK!
Our friends in the shale gas industry were so pleased to see us at their last conference (video: http://bit.ly/w8Ba5Q), that they’ve organised a new one!
Join Frack Off (London) as we storm the Unconventional Shale Gas conference on 14 March. BP along with a host of other energy companies will be there to try and find ways to bring their dangerous and polluting shale gas to the UK. But we’re going to be there to tell them to frack off!
As it’ll be close to St Paddy’s Day and as they’re trying to bring fracking to Ireland, we thought that it would be appropriate to have a St Paddy’s Day theme to our march and roadblock. So come dressed in your St Paddy’s Day finest and bring along noisemakers and general indignation.
The meeting point is outside the Avenue Road exit of Swiss Cottage Tube station.
Please RSVP to the Facebook event to get the latest details.
Ban shale gas fracking in Romania!
Demo: Saturday 11th February
Organised by Bulgarian activists in London and members of Frack Off!
The demonstration called for a ban on the toxic technology hydraulic fracking in Romania, as well as a global ban on hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking'.
There were 30-40 protestors and energy was high. They demanded that the Romanian government immediately halt all exploration and extraction of shale gas, particularly in the border region of Northern Dobrogea as it will not only have a severe impact on Romania’s ecosystems, but will also pollute Bulgaria’s underground waters.
There were a series of speakers, some reading letters written by well respected and prominent scientists who stated that 'fracking' was a dangerous development and should be avoided. One speaker called for investment in the real solution to our energy problems - renewables, Tisha Brown (from Frack Off) highlighted the difficulty of the fight that we face against wealthy and large corporations who have no qualms against destroying the environment, and Fiona Brookes from the campaign spoke on the importance to fight 'fracking' in face of the climate crisis. In addition to this there was an effective and humourous short play, that showed two industry officals trying to convince the audience that 'fracked' water is safe. Inviting audience members to drink samples, whilst refusing to drink some themselves and a member of the public who had sold their land to drilling corporation adovocating 'fracking' whilst clearly suffering from severe health problems.
It was a great event with lots of interest from passers by, who signed up to mailing lists and took lots of flyers.
More details on the facebook event.
Petition to drop charges against "Gasland" director Josh Fox
Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary on fracking "Gasland" was arrested, along with his crew, after House Republicans objected to their presence at a public meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.
Fox had hoped to film the hearing for a follow-up to "Gasland," which documents the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
Act now to tell House Republicans that excluding a journalist because he doesn't share their political views is outrageous censorship that violates the First Amendment. Call on House Republicans to immediately drop all charges against Fox and his crew and to allow them to access to future hearings.
Sign the petition here.
Fracking EDM postcard
Below is the postcard to send to your MP to ask him or her to sign EDM 2292 proposing a moratorium on 'fracking'. You can print out from the jpeg (go here) or order hard copy from us at email@example.com. Please remember to include a postal addresss and state how many you would like. Postcards are free (but donations are always welcome !)
Frack Mob at Fracking Industry Conference
Wednesday 2nd November
3-6pm at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington (High Street Kensington Tube)
Called by "Frack off". See http://frack-off.org.uk/frack-mob-at-industry-greenwash-conference/
The demo was a great success with maybe 50 people and lots of publicity. On the same day 'Frack off' climbed a rig in Lancashire and dropped a banner.
This photo from the demo appeared in the Guardian.
Details of this Shale Gas "Environmental" Summit at
Meanwhile CCC distributed fliers exposing Benny Peiser and the Global Warming Policy Foundation (see more here) at this summit.
Benny Peiser, Director of GWPF, was the opeming speaker, that morning.
To access the flier exposing Peiser and the GWPF go here.
Anti-fracking demo, Thursday 13th October
On Thursday 13th Cuadrilla, the company responsible for the fracking ("hydraulic fracturing") operations in Lancashire met officials at DECC. They wanted to get the go-ahead despite earthquakes in the region that they have most probaly caused.
We joined a protest called by 'Frack off' outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the Thusday morning and took the protest against fracking to those in government ultimately resposible for letting it happen.
Action report : A protest (see photo below) was held at a frackers' business conference at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London, on Tuesday (27th) - see more about it here.
Latest latest news : doubts cast on Cuadrilla's claims to have found huge quantities of gas. See here.
Latest news: On Wednesday 21st September Cuadrilla Resources claimed to have found 'vast' shale gas deposits on the Lancashire coast and announced plans to drill 400 wells. This was accompanied by a protest outside the meeting with the now familiar message "Frack Off". Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator of the Campaign against Climate Change was featured in media coverage of the event on the BBC website, North West Evening News and BBC North West Today.
Weekend of 17-18 September
Photo credit: Adela Nistora
George Monbiot has also written an editorial on fracking mentioning the camp.
Anti-fracking banner drop on Blackpool Tower
6 August 2011
Public meeting: Fracking Hell? What will shale gas mean for the UK?
19 July 2011
Listen to the sound recording of this meeting:
Supported by Artists Project Earth
Sign the APE anti-fracking petition here.
Professor Kevin Anderson is Director of the Tyndall° Centre for Climate Change Research which has recently produced a report “Shale gas: a provisional assessment of climate change and environmental impacts” which recommends a moratorium on drilling shale gas in the UK. Kevin Anderson has been outspoken on the need for scientists not to pull any punches in communicating the gravity of the climate crisis to policy makers.
Caroline Lucas is the UK’s first Green MP (Brighton Pavilion) and leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. She has supported the call for a moratorium on shale gas and condemned a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee which concluded there was no need for a moratorium.
Michael Meacher, Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton, was Minister of State for the Environment May 1997 to June 2003. He has long represented the environmental conscience of the Labour Party and has outlined in his blog the case against shale gas.
Phil Mitchell is chair of the Blackpool Greens and has headed the local campaign against the exploratory drilling for shale gas, that has already started in the area. Cuadrilla Resources is already at work with two drilling rigs in the area – the first in the UK.