Newsletter – January 2020

Act now to stop fracking

We challenge you to take one action against fracking each month.

We all have the power to help stop fracking. We’d love it if you would come along to one of our meetings and get involved but we know not everyone can. The good news is, there are many things you can do at home.

 

Act now: Demand that the UK Government puts an end to fossil fuel subsidies

In 2018, the UK Government gave over £10 billion in subsidies and tax breaks to fossil fuel companies. Join the call on the UK Government to end the fossil fuel subsidy at once.

Over 71,500 people have signed the petition already. Let’s help to reach its target of 75,000.

Click here to sign the petition

Once you’ve taken action, let us know on social media using the hashtag #ActNowStopFracking

 

Latest news

Baroness introduces bill to ban fracking and hydrocarbon licensing

A peer is seeking to change the law to ban fracking and the licensing of oil and gas exploration, through a private members bill.

Baroness Sheehan’s Petroleum (Amendment) Bill was published and given its routine first reading in the House of Lords earlier in January.

The bill seeks to prohibit onshore hydraulic fracturing across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Read more at DrillOrDrop.com

 
Activists warn of ‘fracking by stealth’ and call for acid fracking ban

Campaigners have warned that the fracking moratorium announced by the UK government does not apply to acid fracking, a process that involves injecting acid into the earth to dissolve and fracture rock.

More than 500 academics, politicians and campaigners have signed an open letter initiated by Brockham Oil Watch calling on the government to ban the practice over fears companies may use it to get around the moratorium.

Lawyers and academics said regulation of the use of acid in oil and gas wells is vague and could be exploited.

Read more at TheGuardian.com

 
Date set for decision on Woodsetts shale gas appeal

A decision on a shale gas scheme at Woodsetts in South Yorkshire will be issued within the next three months, the Planning Inspectorate has announced.

Ineos was seeking consent for exploratory drilling, but not fracking, at Woodsetts.

The scheme is to be decided by the local government secretary, Robert Jenrick.

He will also be deciding on a scheme at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, where IGas was seeking permission to test its already-drilled well.

Mr Jenrick will issue his decision on or before 8 April 2020, the Planning Inspectorate said yesterday.

Full article: DrillOrDrop.com

 

Upcoming events

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 4th February 2020
7.30pm-9.00pm
The Old Queen’s Head, 40 Pond Hill, Sheffield S1 2BG

Please join us for our informal monthly meeting to organise our anti-fracking activities and update each other on the local issues.

View the Facebook event

 
Sheffield City Council – Stop Wasting Our Time!

Wednesday 5th February 2020
1.00-3.00pm
Outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

On 6th February 2019, Sheffield City Council declared a climate emergency, promising a plan for reducing their emissions, a citizen’s assembly and greater communication of the threats of the climate and ecological crisis on the Sheffield public.

Since then they have procrastinated, prevaricated and wasted time. This is not good enough. Join the demonstration outside the Sheffield City Council meeting at 1pm on 5th February.

For more info, see the Facebook event

 
Youth Strike 4 Climate

Friday 14th February 2020
Starts at 11am
Devonshire Green, Sheffield

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details.

 
South Yorkshire Schools Climate Change Conference (for Year 9 and Year 10 students)

Thursday 9th July 2020
Starts at 9.30-3.30pm
Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

This conference will bring together schools from across the region. It will provide opportunities for Y9 and Y10 students and their teachers to participate in a wide range of talks and workshops about the Climate Crisis. These activities will celebrate best practice and illustrate the exciting role they can play, in making their school a leader in this vital area of education.

Download the flyer for full details

 
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