Northern Gas Gala

Community & Environment Protection Collective

Press Release: Northern communities vow united front to stop fracking

Lancashire campaigners at Reclaim the Power 2014

Lancashire campaigners at Reclaim the Power 2014

For immediate release

Northern communities vow united front to stop fracking

Northern anti-fracking groups today vowed to unite to prevent any fracking in the north of England. The statement follows the announcement of the 14th round of licensing for on shore petroleum exploration and development licenses (PEDL).

The long awaited announcement made earlier today showed that the majority of licenses to be issued are based in the north of England and cover huge swathes of Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Furious campaigners from more than thirty groups responded quickly to say they will show a united front and support each other in their fight against fracking and onshore fossil fuel extraction.

Bob Dennett from Frack Free Lancashire said “The fact that the vast majority of the licenses being issued are based in the north shows the governments contempt for our communities. Obviously they have listened to Tory Peer, Lord Howell and decided to focus fracking in the ‘desolate north’. They will get a shock if they think we will be so easily pushed around.”

Frack Free Lancashire recently won a major victory against the fracking company Cuadrilla when they forced Lancashire County Council to turn down their planning applications. A community campaign in East Yorkshire also won a victory this month when Rathlin Energy was forced to abandon an exploratory well at Crawberry Hill in the face of massive local opposition.

Pippa Hockey from Frack Free East Yorkshire said, ‘The more they try and push fracking on us, the harder we will fight back. We have made friends all over the UK, especially with other groups in the north, and now we will all work together to stop fracking happening anywhere.’

The announcement of the 14th license round follows a recent announcement that the government plans to give itself more power to rush local councils into making decisions and be able to overrule decisions they do not agree with.

Rachel Thompson from Manchester Reclaim the Power said, “They can change any laws they want, what they fail to register is that we have a really strong movement here in the North West. This is not just about the destruction of our local environment and potential water contamination; this is about stopping climate change and local communities making our own decisions about our energy future.”

Fracking company IGas, faced massive community opposition at Barton Moss, Salford and a local group has now set up its own energy cooperative in response to the threat of fracking in their community. In Upton, Cheshire the local community have been occupying land earmarked fracking for over a year.”

Riley Coles from Frack Free Leeds said “Frack Free Leeds has been supporting anti-fracking campaigns across the north because we know fracking is a dangerous, polluting technology which doesn’t even bring down people’s energy bills. Now the threat of fracking is on our doorstep and we know that people across the north will join together to put a stop to fracking in the UK.”

Geologist, Biff Vernon from Frack Free Lincolnshire said, “Any support for extracting fossil carbon is a denial of climate change. Campaigners in Lincolnshire are delighted to be joining up with so many other groups in the north to stop this addiction to fossil fuels.”

Notes to editor

1, Groups who issued this press release:

Frack Free Greater Manchester, Northern Gas Gala, Reclaim the Power Manchester. Frack Free Lancashire, Lancashire Nanas, Residents Action on Fylde Fracking, Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, Frack Free Blackpool, Fleetwood Folk say no to Fracking, Roseacre Action Group, Preston New Road Action Group, Frack Free Inskip, Frack Free Freckleton, Singleton against a Fracked Environment, Frack Free East Yorkshire, Frack Free Lincolnshire, Transition Town Louth, York no to TTIP, Frack Free York, Frack Free Dee, Ellesmere Port Frack free, Frack Free Scarborough, Wirral Against Fracking, Frack Free Upton, Frack Free Mickle Trafford, Bolton Against Fracking, Frack Free Wervin, Picton, Croughton,  Stoak andLittle Stanney, Frack Free Irlam and Cadishead, Frack free Ince, Elton, Helsby, Frodsham and Thornton Le Moors, Frack Free Ryedale, Frack Free North Yorkshire, Frack Free Malton & Norton, Frack Free Kirby Misperton, GASCON (Gilling, Ampleforth, Stonegrave, Coulton, Oswaldkirk, Nunnington).


2, Diagram showing latest licensing round:

3, Government press release:

4, Lancashire County Council refuse planning permission to Cuadrilla:

5, Rathlin Energy:

6, Mancunians oppose fracking at Barton Moss:

7, Barton Moss Energy Coop:

8, Anti-fracking camp in Cheshire celebrates one year anniversary:


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Frack Free Dee -,

Ellesmere Port Frack Free –

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Mon 18th Aug


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Anti-fracking campaigners from Salford have hung a banner from a bridge at Salford Media City as part of a day of action by Reclaim the Power. The banner states that 884,000 gallons of radioactive fracking water has been dumped into the Manchester Ship Canal.

It was revealed earlier this year following two years of campaigning by Lancashire campaigners to know where it had gone. The company pumped 2.7 million gallons of clean water into its only full scale fracking well in the country. Initially the company had been sending the radioactive water to a treatment plant in Davey Hulme, Manchester, but it was unable to cope with the volume, toxicity and levels of radiation.

Local campaigner Louise Carr said “The Environment Agency allowed United Utilities to dilute the water and put it into our canal. 884,000 gallons of radioactive and toxic water from just one fracking operation, which was cut short because the company caused two earthquakes in the space of six weeks”.

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Day 122 – Fri 28th March











Another peaceful day of protest as protectors escorted trucks into the iGas site. No arrests were made.

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Day 121 – Thurs 27th March

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Ian Wigget, the assistant chief officer of Greater Manchester came down to Barton Moss to observe his officers in action. Strangely enough the police were on their best behaviour with no arrests made.  Protectors escorted delivery trucks in and out of the site and enjoyed the sunny weather.

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Day 111 – Mon 17th March

not bezzin






Thirteen protectors were arrested today as trucks were escorted were escorted to the iGas site at Barton Moss. The police showed their usual display of violent and intimidating behaviour as they pushed and shoved protectors along the lane. There was a solidarity party at Swinton police station awaiting the release of the arrestees.

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Day 103 – Sun 9th March


Manchester City Centre 1,200 people march against fracking.

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Day 98 – Tues 4th March








The lock-ons keep on coming at Barton Moss. This morning two protectors blockaded the road making it another slow day for the lorries heading to the iGas site.

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