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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