Newsletter – July 2019

Act now to stop fracking

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

We all have the power to make a difference and 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.

We’re going to highlight one action you can take each month and would love to hear from you on social media when you’ve done it. Just post using the hashtag #ActNowStopFracking 

Act now: Tell our new PM to ban fracking

Boris Johnson is now sitting in No. 10. Regardless of your views on him as an MP and a human being, its vital that we all let him know what our priorities are. We need to hold him to account – especially when it comes to tackling climate change and meeting our target of achieving zero-net emissions by 2050 – and that means NO fracking!

Tell Boris Johnson to ban fracking

Click here to tell Boris Johnson to ban fracking

There is currently a survey running on the Conservatives’ website asking us what our priorities are. There’s an open box for you to write whatever you want. It only takes a few minutes (depending on how much you have to say).

Let Boris know that fracking has no place in a nation that has formally declared a climate emergency. Then ask your friends and family to do the same.

Finally, let us know on social media that you’ve done it using the hashtag #ActNowStopFracking


Latest news

Cabinet reshuffle and what it means for fracking

On his first day as PM, Boris Johnson overhauled the cabinet as more than half of Theresa May’s old cabinet quit or were sacked. Three new appointments are of particular interest in regards to opposing fracking.

  • Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new business and energy secretary with responsibility for the onshore oil and gas industry 
  • Robert Jenrick is the new local government secretary, who will decide on two shale gas planning appeals
  • Theresa Villiers has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

All have voted against measures to prevent climate change and against greater regulation of fracking. All three voted against explicitly requiring an environmental permit for hydraulic fracturing activities. See their full voting history at

As energy minister in 2015, Mrs Leadsom admitted that her first questions to civil servants were “Is climate change real?” and “Is hydraulic fracturing safe?” In 2016, she said fracking was an opportunity not to be missed.

Mr Jenrick has previously told his local paper, the Newark Advertiser: “It would be irresponsible not to pursue homegrown sources of energy… We have already seen the positives of fracking in the US, with a drop in oil and energy prices.”

Villiers said in a statement on Facebook this year: “Action on climate change is vital. Significant progress has been made, with a third of our electricity now generated by clean renewable power sources. We are also the first major developed economy to make a commitment that we will end the use of unmitigated coal in electricity generation.” No mention of fracking though.

Read more at and

Minister pushed for answers on fast-tracking fracking

MPs from both sides of parliament have called on the government to announce it has abandoned plans to relax the planning rules on shale gas schemes.

A consultation closed in October 2018 on proposals to make shale gas exploration permitted development – avoiding the need for a full planning application.

But the government has not announced the findings of the consultations or whether the proposal would be implemented. There’s also been no news on a related idea to make shale gas production nationally-significant infrastructure.

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government committee, asked local government minister, Kit Malthouse: “Given the amount of opposition on his own side, as well as on this side of the House, and in local communities, is the Minister now considering withdrawing those proposals and instead giving greater powers to communities to decide whether they want fracking in their areas?”

Mr Malthouse said the proposals were being considered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and that he would pass on concerns about the delay in responding to the department.


Study finds link between proximity to fracking activities and mental health issues during pregnancy

A new study led by a researcher at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health identifies a link between proximity to hydraulic fracking activities and mental health issues during pregnancy.

The researchers looked at 7,715 mothers without anxiety or depression at the time of conception, in Pennsylvania between January 2009 and January 2013. They compared women who developed anxiety or depression during pregnancy with those who did not to see if the women’s proximity to hydraulic fracturing activity played a role.

They found that for every 100 women, 4.3 additional women would experience anxiety or depression if they lived in the highest quartile of exposure compared to the other quartiles.



Upcoming events

Pride in Sheffield 2019

Saturday 27th July 2019
Endcliffe Park, Sheffield S11 8TA

SAF are sharing a stall with Sheffield Climate Alliance at this year’s Pride event at Endcliffe Park. Hope to see you there! Full details on Facebook

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 6th August 2019
Venue TBC

All are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you can make it at the Facebook event or by email.

Worldwide strike for climate – Sheffield

Friday 20 September 2019
Times TBC
Peace Gardens, Sheffield

Sheffield will be joining the worldwide strike for climate. A week of family friendly protests begins on Friday the 20th of September. Full details on Facebook

Global Frackdown Day

October – Sheffield (date and location to be confirmed)

Take part – If you’d like to contribute to this day of action in October, we’re about to start planning for this at the SAF monthly meetings. If you can’t attend the meetings but have an idea or would like to be involved in events organising, please email us.

Get involved

WE NEED YOU to help with the fight against fracking. Come and join us at one of our events. We’d love to meet you.

Learn from the SAF team and help spread the word. Have fun, eat cake, blow bubbles, play with dinosaurs and more.

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