Stop Locally Rejected Fracking Well Construction


Target: Prime Minister Theresa May

Goal: Halt plans to drill fracking wells that were rejected by local voters who don’t want their air and water to be contaminated.

Cuadrilla, a shale gas company, has been granted permission to drill four fracking wells near Preston, Lancashire in Northeast England. The plan was initially rejected by a local council on the basis of noise, traffic, and environmental concerns, however U.K. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid overturned the rejection after Cuadrilla appealed.

A number of studies have linked fracking to groundwater contamination, air pollution, and cancers. Furthermore, fracking wells often leak methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

This represents a major escalation of fracking in the U.K. and undermines a democratically elected local government’s power to make decisions affecting local environment. Furthermore, this move undermines the U.K.’s commitments to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change, both goals that require decreased reliance on fossil fuels.

Given the high levels of methane known to leak from fracking sites and the investment in fossil fuel infrastructure involved in this project, an expansion of fracking in the U.K. is incompatible with the global fight against climate change. Sign our petition and demand that the government of the U.K. halt this project.


Dear Prime Minister May,

I was disappointed to hear that Secretary Javid overturned the Lancashire Council’s rejection of the Cuadrilla hydraulic fracturing project. A number of scientific studies have linked fracking to groundwater contamination, air pollution, a number of medical conditions, and earthquakes. Given the potentially grave consequences for the people of Lancashire, I believe that the Lancashire Council’s initial rejection must stand.

Furthermore, expanding the U.K.’s fossil fuel infrastructure is fundamentally incompatible with its commitments to reduce emissions and prevent catastrophic global climate change under the Paris Agreement. This is particularly true of fracking, which causes methane leaks, itself a potent greenhouse gas. I urge you to halt this project.


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One Comment

  1. KEY POINT that the go-ahead undermines a democratically elected local government’s power to make decisions affecting local environment… Why put democracy in place at all, as a nation, when it is over-ridden without hesitation in relation to the lobbying, and appeal, of a powerful fossil-fuel corporation.
    Methane leaks from fracking sites making natural gas as bad for climate change as coal and oil. It is a destructive process, requiring the blasting of large volumes of highly pressurized toxic fluid…water, chemicals and sand… into rock deep underground and negatively affects that environment, no matter what the propaganda might say. Though touted as “the answer”, fracking is linked to groundwater contamination, an increase in earthquakes, exacerbation of drought and multiple health concerns for humans and the local environment. Apparently, these concerns are irrelevant to the decision.
    And, apparently, so are UK citizens…
    Elsewhere (in the US and advertised on the net), aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation have been contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater, illegally injected…it seems you have to keep an eye on these guys all the time. Don’t assume ethics come with the package. And you really don’t want fracking wastewater sprayed on fields…
    Exploitation of shale gas on a significant scale is incompatible with UK carbon budgets (independent Committee on Climate Change report): “production emissions from gas wells will have to be offset through emissions reductions elsewhere”…and just WHO is going to be put in a position of attending to that or caring about that.
    Visual impact, noise and disturbance are real concerns, unless you are voting from far off in the distance, in peace and quiet, conveniently and comfortably removed from it…
    SAD, sad, that there is a thrust towards investing in climate problem instead of climate solution and renewable, green energy. As I have heard Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the South West of England say, “No surprise that fossil-fuel companies are seeking to undermine decarbonisation and want us to keep our foot on the gas.”
    Worth a read:

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