What Can You Do?
Below are a list of suggested Actions for you to take. In many cases we provide links to documents for you to copy and paste. However, it is always preferable to personalise any letter/email, etc as much as possible as it is more likely to get noticed.
Following the list of actions, you can find Resources that will help you conduct your own research. Amongst other resources, this section contains a number of important health-related research papers.
A list of other UK and Irish Anti-fracking groups is available below the Resources section.
Boots on the ground count – please come along to Preston New Road
We need a daily presence at the Preston New Road site. Numbers matter. The police cannot cope with large numbers and your presence will make an impact. Protectors behave in a peaceful lawful fashion. You will be safe – you won’t be asked to do anything – your presence is all that is required.
Come and visit or help out at the Preston New Road Community Action Hub
The Community Hub is located at Maple Farm on Preston New Road, PR4 3PE. The Hub is a safe family friendly space, offering hot food, toilets, information, merchandise, events and training. It’s a place where you can get involved with your community. It is also the place to visit if you wish to find out more about fracking. If you can offer some time, we are always looking for people to help out in the kitchen, assist with gardening and help in the general running of the Hub.
Solidarity Saturdays 10.00 am – 2.00 pm – chat with your neighbours over tea and cake, and find out about fracking.
Directions: By car – the Hub is located on the main road – A585, at Maple Farm (a Nursery), about a 5-8 minute walk from the fracking site. Please use PR4 3PE in your SatNav. Free parking is available at the Farm.
Public transport – number 61 bus from Preston, Blackpool or Kirkham and Wesham railway station. Please get off at the Maple Farm stop.
Lend us your talents!
Are you able to help us in any way? We are always looking for people who have legal knowledge; design skills for creating leaflets, posters, brochures, etc; printing facilities; delivering leaflets; etc. If you can help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations to RAFF RAFF spends a lot of time applying for funding from various bodies. Our costs include hiring rooms/halls for meetings, printing leaflets, posters and brochures, travel to events and meetings, etc. If you would like to support our campaign you can donate via the Co-operative bank – Sort Code 08-92-99. Account Number 65551125.
Donations to the Legal Funds In October 2016 Sajid David, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced that the Preston New Road appeal had been overturned for both monitoring and exploration; at the same time, Roseacre was refused for exploratory development but not for monitoring. However, the Secretary of State is reserving himself on the entire judgement for Roseacre pending further information from Cuadrilla on highways. More details are available here. A Crowdfunder has been set up under the Frack Free Lancashire umbrella with any donations going to both groups. You can donate here. Thank you.
Join our list of Businesses Against Fracking
Hundreds of Lancashire-based businesses, community groups, and trade union groups wrote to Lancashire County Councillors to call on the council to reject plans for fracking and support clean energy alternatives. This list is growing daily. If you are a business and are against fracking please do contact us and we will add your business to our list email@example.com
Display a poster in your window or garden
Frack Free Lancashire posters are a wonderful way of showing solidarity with the anti-fracking movement. If you would like to display a poster please get in touch and we’ll arrange delivery. Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Keep an eye on our Events page and join us in our legal peaceful actions
* Short-term action following news that Secretary of State has gone against the wishes of Lancashire County Council and overturned their decision Write to Fylde MP Mark Menzies about his stance on localism.and the fact that democracy has been overturned.
* Write to your MP and tell them why you think fracking is a bad idea. The website www.writetothem.com provides details of all MPs, how they voted, what they have spoken on and other information.
* Find your local anti-fracking group. Each of the campaign groups regularly hold events in their town centres to raise public awareness about fracking. Why not go along and help them? If there isn’t a local group in your area and you would like to start one, please contact us (email@example.com) and we and we will help you sent one up.
* Make visible protests. Put up posters and other anti-fracking signs. We can supply Frack Free Lancashire A4 posters to put up in windows, car stickers, pin badges, etc.
* Keep an Eye on Reclaim the Power for news of upcoming national events and actions, petitions atc. Better still, add your name to their mailing list so you won’t miss anything. This organisation has provided unlimited support for Lancashire, especially since drilling began at Preston New Road in 2017
* Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like us to hold a balanced meeting in your village/church hall, etc. We can usually accept invitations at relatively short notice. Maybe you’d like to set up an anti-fracking group in your area. We have helped lots of such groups and are more than happy to offer help and advice, based on our own experience. Please also get in touch if you have time to spare for delivering leaflets about upcoming events, etc.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth offer a Stop Fracking Action Pack, which is a 1-stop shop of information about fracking and top tips on how to stop it near you. It builds on the learning of the vibrant anti-fracking movement that has successfully kept fracking out of the UK for years.
It contains everything you need to combat fracking, including:
- Information about fracking, the risks and the alternatives.
- Handy guides to everything from spreading the word and putting on public meetings, to joining or setting up groups, influencing local decision makers and using the media and social media.
- Materials and resources to get you started.
- Stories and advice from people who’ve done this before, and tips on how to join forces with the wider fracking and climate movements.
You can apply for your pack here
Fracking Myths and Facts
Frack Free Ryedale have created a series of Fracking Myth & Facts. We’ve all heard that the dash for gas will create thousands of jobs, will make us energy independent and that the price of gas will drop, etc. Many of the claims by advocates of fracking do not stand up to scrutiny and can be clearly shown to be untrue.
Here are 10 of the most common myths about fracking and reasons why the aren’t true. To check any the information provided, please click on the links within the text to go to the original source material.
You can also download a FRACKING MYTHS AND FACTS leaflet by clicking on the link below. Please feel free to print it out and give to people next time they tell you one of these myths!
Start asking questions!
Do your own research and learn about what’s happening. There is lots of well sourced information on the Internet – here are a few links to get you started:
- This map shows which areas have a Petroleum & Development Exploration Licence (PEDL)
- Ecological survey company Arbtech has created an infographic about fracking called ‘Cracking the Fracking – Everything You Need To Know’. It’s ideal for understanding the extraction process, history, environmental concerns and more. Click here to download it
- Drill or Drop is an excellent and very current resource that provides independent evidence-based reporting of the exploitation of onshore oil and gas and the campaign against it
- Talk Fracking is a great site for keeping up to date with UK fracking news
- Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace both provide information and resources, petitions and other useful material
- Fracking Hell is an 18 minutes length film and is a great, short introduction to fracking
- Jessica Ernst: The Consequences of Fracking describes first hand the devastating consequences of hydraulic fracturing in her town of Rosebud, Alberta, Canada. Jessica was a guest of RAFF and spoke at one of our public meetings
- A video from Environmental Consultant Paul Mobbs reveals the facts about hydraulic fracking in Britain
- The Sky is Pink by film maker Josh Fox looks at many issues, including PR efforts to distract the public from the real threats that fracking poses to drinking water and health. You can watch it here.
- Marcellus Shale Protest is an information clearing house about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and activism and related issues. It’s a US-based site, but many of the issues discussed are relevant to UK shale gas extraction.
- Fracking – The Truth is a 27 minute film that looks at evidence from the USA, Canada, Australia and Lancashire that fracking can cause earthquakes, and pollutes the air and water supply, causing public health concerns
- Watch the BBC’s Inside Out programme broadcast in January 2014. It discusses the environmental implications of fracking, in particular, the disposal of radioactive waste
- A balanced overview of what fracking will mean for the Fylde was published in The Guardian on 15 January 2015
- This is an excellent document from Friends of the Earth – All that glitters… Is the regulation of unconventional gas and oil exploration in England really ‘gold standard’? It looks at unconventional gas extraction in the UK and discusses the lack of adequate regulations
- Download independent engineer Mike Hill’s Presentation on Regulations (or lack of them) and his Response to DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) report on earthquakes in Fylde caused by fracking. You can also hear him give a presentation on the lack of regulations on You Tube. Use the information to help you compile letters, emails, etc to DECC, Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, MPs and the Government.
- Research shows that there is an increased risk of hospitalisation for people living close to fracking sites. See this paper from PLOS and another from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
- MEDACT represents health professionals who aim to educate, analyse and campaign for global health on issues related to conflict, poverty and the environment. In March 2015 it published Health & Fracking: the impacts & opportunity costs, which concludes that hydraulic fracturing for shale gas poses significant risks to public health and calls for an immediate moratorium to allow time for a full and comprehensive health and environmental impact assessment (HIA) to be completed. In December 2014 a MEDACT letter was sent to Lancashire County Councillors, claiming that the potential health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants from shale gas extraction, produced by Public Health England, was inadequate and incomplete and arrived at an erroneous, unsubstantiated and misleading conclusion. The latest report supersedes this letter.
- Breast Cancer UK has concerns about the potentially adverse health effects of increased exposure to harmful chemicals that may occur as a result of its use and has issued Breast Cancer UK Fact Sheet: Fracking
- At the end of 2014, New York State banned fracking due to health concerns. The decision was based on two papers. A new working paper analysis from the energy science organisation, PSE Healthy Energy covers a wide range of outcomes. A second new document is the release of a major update to the Compendium of scientific, medical and media findings from Concerned Health Professionals of New York. The Compendium can be downloaded here
- Shale gas regulation in the UK and health implications of fracking, Mike Hill, The Lancet, 20 June 2014
- Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources, Lisa M. McKenzie, Roxana Z. Witter, Lee S. Newman, John L. Adgate. Science of the Total Environment
- List of the Harmed is an ever-growing list of the individuals and families that have allegedly been harmed by fracking (or fracked gas and oil production) in Pennsylvania, USA
- Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith is Senior Advisor to the National Toxics Network in Australia and to IPEN, an international public interest NGO, She has toured and spoken extensively on the environmental and health impacts of fracking. Here she is talking to an audience in Dublin in May 2013
- Frackademia is the study of the relationships between academia, the fossil fuels industry and public agencies. Many university departments and academics are sponsored by energy companies – their reserach is not independent. This report, Frackademics – how the fracking industry and their PR machine have infiltrated the academic community, provides research that shows that the fracking industry and their PR machine have infiltrated the academic community and skewed the scientific arguments in favour of shale gas.
- Many financial institutions have warned that only a fraction of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves can be safely burned and that the remainder could plummet in value, posing huge risks to investors. These include the World Bank, Bank of England, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and Standard & Poor’s.
- The fall in oil prices is curbing the established USA shale industry and will have a knock on effect on the nascent UK shale sector
Other UK & Ireland anti-fracking groups
New groups are springing up all the time. Find a group near you and get involved. All groups are looking for volunteers to deliver leaflets, raise awareness, fund raise, etc. If there isn’t a group in your area, then why not start one? Get in touch with us and we’ll help you get established.
Anti-fracking Network Facebook Group
BIFF! (Britian and Ireland Frack Free) Facebook Page
British Anti-Fracking Action Network Facebook Group
Conservatives Against Fracking Facebook Group
Druids Against Fracking Facebook Group
Expats support Anti-Fracking in the UK Facebook Group
Frack Free Families Facebook Group
Frack Off(UK) website
Fracking Hell (UK) is a busy Facebook Discussion Group
Fracking Nightmare Facebook Group
Gardeners Against Fracking Forever GAFF Facebook Group
Mothers Against Fracking Facebook Page
No Fracking UK Facebook Page
Students Against Fracking Facebook Page
The Warrior’s Call – Pagans United Against Fracking Facebook Page
North West England
Cheshire and North Wales:
Anti Fracking Warrington Facebook Group
Cheshire and Wirral Action on Fracking – CAWAF Facebook Page
Congleton and Macclesfield Against Fracking Facebook Group
Elton,Ince,Helsby and Frodsham local Fracking info! Facebook Group
Frack Free Dee Facebook Group
Frack Free Deeside Facebook Page
Frack Free East Cheshire Facebook Page
Frack Free Farndon (West Cheshire and Chester) Facebook Group
Frack Free Malpas Facebook Page
Frack Free Mickle Trafford (Chester) Facebook Group
Frack Free Upton (Chester) Facebook Group
I’m Against Fracking at Ince Marshes Facebook Group
Bowland Fracking Forum Facebook Group
Bury Against Fracking Facebook Group
Defend Lytham Facebook Page
Fleetwood Folk Say No Fracking (FFS No Fracking) Facebook Group
Frack Free Blackpool Facebook Page
Frack Free Burnley Facebook Page
Frack Free Creators – Knitting Nannas Lancashire Facebook Page
Frack Off Elswick Facebook Page
Frack Free Freck (Freckleton) Facebook Page Website
Frack Free Fylde Facebook Page Website
Frack Free Kirkham and Wesham Facebook Group
Frack Free Lancashire Facebook Page
Frack Free Lancashire – The Campaign Facebook Group
Frack Free Pendle Facebook Page
Frack Off Rossendale Facebook Page
Frack Free Skelmersdale Website
Garstang Against Fracking Facebook Page
HAF – Halsall Against Fracking Email: email@example.com
Hyndburn anti fracking group Facebook Group
Inskip Against Fracking Facebook Page
Keep East Lancashire Frack Free KELFF Facebook Group
Lancaster Against Fracking Facebook Group
Lancaster Fights Fracking Facebook Group
Longridge Against Fracking Facebook Page
Preston Frack Off Facebook Page
Preston New Road Action Group (Westby, Little Plumpton, Gt Plumpton) Website Facebook Group
RAFF – Residents Action on Fylde Fracking Facebook Page Website
Ramsbottom Against Fracking Facebook Page
REAF – Ribble Estuary Against Fracking Facebook Page Website
Refracktion Facebook Page Website
Roseacre Awareness Group Website Facebook Page
Singleton Against a Fracked Environment (SAFE)
Thornton Unites against Fylde Fracking – TUFF Facebook Page
Westby With Plumptons Frack-Free Community (See Preston New Road Action Group)
Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth Website Facebook Page
Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Friends of the Earth Website
North Lancashire Friends of the Earth Website
Ormskirk & District Friends of the Earth Website
Barton Moss and Beyond Facebook Group
Barton Moss Community Protection Camp Facebook Page
Barton Moss Community Protection Camp Wishlist Facebook Page
Bolton Against Fracking Facebook Page
Frack Free Chorlton Facebook Page
Frack Free Greater Manchester Website
Frack Free Levenshulme Facebook Group
Frack Free Salford & Manchester Facebook Page
Frack Free Stockport Facebook Page
Frack Free Tameside Facebook Group Website
Frack Free Walkden Website
Frack Free Wigan, Leigh and Makerfield Facebook Group
IGas Barton Moss Drilling Site Facebook Page
Irlam and Cadishead Frack Free Facebook Group
Keep the Fracking Hell out of Rochdale Facebook Group
Say No to Fracking on Barton Moss Facebook Group
North, North East and Yorkshire
North East Extreme Energy Awareness Facebook Group
Frack Free Cleveland Facebook Closed Group
Tyne & Wear:
Frack Free Tyne & Wear Facebook Closed Group
The Battle for Crawberry Hill Facebook Group
Crawberry Hill Community Protection Camp Facebook Page
East Yorkshire Frack Free Facebook Page
Frack Free Doncaster Facebook Page
Frack Free Harrogate and Knaresborough Facebook Group
Frack Free Hebden Bridge Facebook Page
FRACK FREE HULL & HOLDERNESS Facebook Group
Frack Free Leeds Facebook Page
Frack Free North Yorkshire Facebook Page
Frack Free Scarborough Facebook Group
Frack Free Skipton and Craven Facebook Page
Frack Free (S. Yorks) Facebook Group Website Facebook Page
Frack Free York – Our Clean Energy Future Facebook Group
Hull & East Yorkshire Against Fracking Facebook Group
Keep your fracking hands off Calderdale (West Yorks) Facebook Group
Birmingham and Midlands
Say no to Fracking Shrewsbury,Oswestry,Wrexham and Chester Facebook Page
Gasfield Free Birmingham Facebook Page
Frack Free Lincolnshire Facebook Group
Shropshire Anti-Fracking – Expect Resistance (SAFER) – Frack Off! Facebook Group
West and South West
Frack Free Devon Facebook Group
Frack Free Five Valleys (Gloucestershire) Facebook Page
Ban Fracking in Herefordshire Facebook Page
Bruton Gasfield Free Community Facebook Page
FAB – Fracking Awareness Backwell (Somerset) Facebook Page
Frack Free Bristol Facebook Page
Frack Free Chew Valley (Somerset) Facebook Page
Frack Free Somerset Website
Frack Free Yeovil and surrounding areas Facebook Page
Gas Field Free Mendip Website Facebook Page
Get the Frack out of The Mendips Facebook Page
KWIFF – Keep Wiltshire Frack Free Facebook Group
London, East and South East
Frack Free East Anglia Facebook Group
Frack Free Essex Facebook Group
Isle of Wight:
Frack Off London Facebook Page
Oxon Against Fracking Facebook Page
Frack Free Surrey Facebook Page
Balcombe and Beyond Facebook Group
Brighton Action Against Fracking Facebook Page
Chichester Anti-fracking Forum Facebook Group
Frack Free Arun Facebook Page
Frack Free Balcombe Website
Frack Free Billingshurst Facebook Page
Frack Free FRow (Forest Row) Facebook Page
Frack Free Horsham and District Facebook Group
Frack Free Markwells Wood (near Havant – Hampshire border) Facebook Group
Frack Free Sussex Facebook Page
Frack Free Sussex Food Alliance Facebook Page
Gas Drilling in Balcombe Website
Gasfield Free Sussex Website Facebook Page
Horsham Against Fracking Facebook Page
Keep Kirdford and Wisborough ‘Green’. No Drilling Facebook Page
SEER – Sussex Extreme Energy Resistance Facebook Page
Sussex Hampshire Awareness Fracking Trust S.H.A.F.T. Facebook Group
Wealden Against Fracking Facebook Page
Worthing Against Fracking Facebook Group
No Fracking Jersey Facebook Page
Anti-fracking West and Mid-Wales Facebook Group
Frack Free Llantrisant Website Facebook Page
Frack Free Newport Facebook Page
Frack (UCG) Free Swansea Facebook Group
Frack Free Wales Facebook Group Facebook Page
Frack Off Llanelli Facebook Group
Keep your Fracking Hands off Neath Port Talbot Facebook Group
Llantrithyd Villagers Against Fracking Website Facebook Page
N.E. Wales Anti-Fracking Network Facebook Page
S.A.F.E. Swansea Against Fracked Energy Facebook Page
Say No to Fracking in South Wales Facebook Page
The Vale says NO! (Glamorgan) Facebook Page
Ballinlea Residents Group / Protect our North Coast (Antrim) Website
Belfast not for $hale Website
Carrick Against Fracking Facebook Page
Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN) Website
Frack Free Kerry Facebook Page
Fracking Free Clare Facebook Page
Fracking Free Ireland Website
NO FRACKING IRELAND Facebook Group
No Fracking Leitrim Facebook Group
No Fracking Northern Ireland Facebook Page
No Fracking Sligo Facebook Page
No Fracking Tyrone Facebook Group
North West Network Against Fracking (Ireland) Facebook Page
Rathlin Bay Residents Say no to Fracking (Antrim) Website
Stop Fracking Fermanagh Facebook Page
FAUG – Forth valley Against Unconventional Gas Website Facebook Page
Frack Free Forth Valley Facebook Page
Frack Off Glasgow Facebook Group
Frack Off Peeblesshire Facebook Group
Frack Off Scotland Facebook Group Facebook Page
Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)
There are a few groups dedicated to fighting Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)
Come and join us!
RAFF holds regular meetings to educate and update residents on the current situation and to spread the message. See our Events page for details.