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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:


Contact for interviews:

Frack Free Lancashire –

Reclaim the Power Manchester –

Frack Free Dee -,

Ellesmere Port Frack Free –

Frack Free Lincolnshire - biffvernon@gmail.comffl celeb 2 FFL celebrations





















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Day 70 – Tues 4th February

Relax - it's a 4 hour escortCaudrilla announced two more fracking exploration sites at Roseacre Woods and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, Lancashire.  Things are starting to look a little bit too crowded in the desolate north, which the many anti-fracking campaigners across the country will surely have a thing or two to say about.

At Barton Moss the message still rings out that fracking isn’t wanted in the North of England or anywhere else.

Convoys were once again escorted in and out of the iGas site, at an excruciatingly slow, stop-and-start pace. There were no arrests as the police watched on.

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Day 40 – Sun 5th January

Day 40 - a view from the Bridge

A view from the bridge! Yep, that’s right, the drilling is going to happen right next to one of the main motorways in the area (not to mention the houses, schools and Childrens detention centre that are also close by).

This is the very same rig that Cuadrilla used to drill the wells in Lancashire which then led to earthquakes.But we can still keep the pressure up on iGas, keeping their activities in the public spotlight and showing them that they’re not welcome at Barton Moss or anywhere!  Check out the Northern Gas Gala calendar of events for how you can get involved.

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Day 39 – Sat 4th January

Caudrilla's drilling rig - rented buy iGas being assembled at Barton Moss

Cuadrilla’s drilling rig, previously used to drill wells in Lancashire and being rented by IGas, is being assembled on the fracking site at Barton Moss near Manchester.

The community in Salford have been fighting this fracking invasion for over a month. Come down and support the community blockade in Barton Moss, if you can.

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