Is Britain up for shale?

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In twenty years’ time, when Britain is transformed into a green and pleasant Texas with oil and gas fracking wells on every corner, you may find yourself asking ‘when exactly did we agree to let this happen?’ Well, the answer is today. The 28th of July, 2014 saw our government announce the fourteenth licensing round and put Britain up for shale. Is this something you need to worry about? We think so.

Three quarters of UK Cabinet sitting on potential fracking sites

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28 July, 2014

More than three quarters of cabinet ministers’ constituencies and 77 per cent of Tory target seats for the 2015 election campaign have been opened up for fracking in a new round of onshore licensing, new analysis reveals. The licences also cover freshwater aquifers, 10 national parks and even major cities.

As ministers announced today the launch of the 14th onshore licensing round, Greenpeace’s Energydesk published a series of tables and maps highlighting the potential environmental and political impacts of this development (click here for the political analysis, and here for the analysis of national parks and water).

Millions of UK homes in fracking postcode lottery

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Greenpeace respond to 14th licensing round

27 July, 2014

Commenting on reports that the Government will announce the start of the 14th onshore licensing round tomorrow, Greenpeace UK Energy Campaigner Louise Hutchins said:


"The Government has fired the starting gun on a reckless race for shale that could see fracking rigs go up across the British countryside, including in sensitive areas such as those covering major aquifers. Eric Pickles' supposed veto power over drilling in national parks will do nothing to quell the disquiet of fracking opponents across Britain. Ministers waited until the parliamentary recess to make their move, no doubt aware of the political headache this will cause to MPs whose constituencies will be affected.

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Lancashire County Councillors greeted with anti-fracking message

Fracking the desolate north: despatches from the frontline

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Lancashire County Councillors greeted with anti-fracking message
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Lancashire county councillors greeted with anti-fracking message today

Another fracking application, another town. I’m not sure the ‘Not For Shale roadshow on tour’ t-shirt is ready to compete yet with the One Direction world tour t-shirt. But we’ve already appeared in Chichester, Midhurst, and today is Thursday so it must be sunny Preston.

South Downs National Park or Industrial Park?

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As South Downs National Park comes under threat, Greenpeace launch Fracker Tracker in Sussex

26 June, 2014

Midhurst, West Sussex - Greenpeace activists are targeting South Downs National Park Authority meeting with a ‘not for shale’ roadshow, on the launch of a new crowdsourced investigation into fracking in Sussex.

This afternoon Greenpeace activists have occupied the entrance to the South Downs National Park Authority building in Midhurst ahead of their AGM. Campaigners have set up a Not For Shale mock real estate roadshow in front of the HQ’s main entrance, featuring 4-metre-tall flags and a large map of the South Downs Park and surrounding area showing the level of opposition to fracking.

Drilling the South Downs: a national park at risk from fracking

Posted by simon clydesdale — 26 June 2014 at 12:09pm - Comments

This morning the Not For Shale fracking roadshow rolled into Midhurst at the heart of the glorious South Downs. This is the frontline of a local and national battle for the future of our communities, landscapes and climate.


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Michael & Emily Eavis pledge to keep Glastonbury site Frack-free

20 June, 2014

Worthy farm, Pilton, Somerset. Today Michael and Emily Eavis, whose dairy farm has been hosting Britain’s biggest and best party for over forty years, announced that the site of Glastonbury Festival will never be fracked, and Worthy Farm is officially Not For Shale!

Executive Director of Greenpeace UK, John Sauven welcomed the news –

“We salute Michael and Emily’s determination to combine good times with good deeds, to protect a site which means so much to so many people, and keep it Frack-free and Not For Shale.”

Both Emily and Michael signed a declaration which read –

I (Emily/Michael Eavis), resident at Worthy Farm, Pilton, give my word that I will not allow Fracking to take place on this site.

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