It’s been a busy few months for the anti-fracking campaign. In July, the government turned its back on the local community in Lancashire by giving consent for fossil fuel company Cuadrilla to start fracking.
And now the government also wants to fast-track fracking across the country. It launched a consultation on its plans to let fracking companies drill without the need to apply for planning permission.
Some campaigners are fighting injunctions against protests. Find out what local campaigners are doing at Markwell’s Wood
And of course campaigners against fracking have just received long prison sentences for their efforts.
But the tide is turning against the government’s fracking plans –
Over 600 councillors have signed a FOE open letter against the policy.
In a recent parliamentary debate, MPs from across the political spectrum turned their fire against the government’s “bonkers” fracking proposals.
From 8-14 October, local campaigners across the country will be hosting events as part of a week of action against the government’s plans to speed up fracking.
And Friends of the Earth have put together lots of new resources for you to campaign in your area, include briefings, a local media guide, an action guide, and tips for lobbying politicians.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Take part in the government’s consultation, which closes in late October. You can find a guidance document to help local groups submit responses to the consultation.
- Organise a local event as part of our week of action. Check out this action guide with lots of useful tips on how you can take part.
- Ask your MP and Councillors to speak out against the policy, using our guide for engaging local politicians.
- Join the Facebook group: Let Communities Decide for people who are campaigning against the government’s fracking plans. It’s great for learning tips, sharing resources and finding local events across the country.
- 38 Degrees have a petition to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
asking that fracking is not fast-tracked.