Newsletter – May 2019

Latest news

Woodsetts public inquiry now imminent

On 11th June, in Rotherham, chemical giant Ineos will be appealing the decision of Rotherham Council Planning Board to turn down their application to drill for shale gas in the beautiful South Yorkshire village of Woodsetts. This will lead to fracking. 

Woodsetts Against Fracking are calling for a mass assembly on the first day of the inquiry (Tuesday 11th June). The inquiry starts at 10am in Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham S60 1AE.  If you are able to, please join them outside the court from 9am. Banners and placards welcome.

With the public inquiry imminent, Woodsetts Against Fracking need a final push to raise enough funds to pay for their legal team. Every penny is welcome to support their case against Ineos.

The campaign closes on 28th May, so please donate what you can and share with friends and family before then.

This could be where the tide turns decisively against fracking and you can be part of it.

Visit the funding page at

Fracking opposition rises to new high while support falls to record low

Results from the latest government survey on fracking shows that public opposition has risen to its highest level so far and support dropped to a record low.

The quarterly Wave tracker survey was conducted in March 2019 at a time when the shale gas industry was calling for a relaxation of regulations on fracking-induced earth tremors. There were also continuing discussions about government proposals to make non-fracking shale gas schemes permitted development, avoiding the formal planning process.

According to the results, 40% of participants opposed fracking, up from 35% in the most recent survey conducted in December 2018, and up from 21% in December 2013.

This survey saw the largest increase in opposition since it was first carried out and the third consecutive rise in opposition.


MP calls for UK-wide fracking ban to tackle climate emergency

Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North,has called on the UK Government to “finally follow Scotland’s lead and rule out fracking”.

Currently, the Scottish Government has an “effective ban” on fracking which it enforces via planning powers. Work is currently under way at Holyrood to create a finalised fracking ban policy this spring as the current system cannot continue “indefinitely”, according to Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

At Westminster, Minister for Science and Research Chris Skidmore replied to Grady, explaining that in the last quarter of 2018 just 2.5% of electricity was generated by coal in comparison to 40% back in 2010. He added that “we’re going in the right direction but we can’t forget the fact that we will be using gas in Scotland”.

During Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) questions, Grady said: “There is no fracking in Scotland, there has been no fracking in Scotland and under the SNP there will be no fracking in Scotland, and if we’re going to be serious about the climate emergency then there should not be fracking anywhere in the UK.

“So, will the UK finally follow Scotland’s lead and rule out fracking on these islands?”



Upcoming events

Sheffield Youth Strike 4 Climate

Friday 24th May 2019
Devonshire Green, Sheffield

Join the youth of Sheffield as they go on strike once again against climate change. Assemble at Devonshire Green at 11am, march to the town hall, then a rally until 2pm. Please bring your friends and family, and bring your own signs and banners.

Visit the Facebook event

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 4th June 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

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

Stand up for the planet

Sunday 9th June 2019
Mam Tor Ridge

Peak District Against Fracking invite you to join them and stand together along Mam Tor and the Great Ridge in the heart of the Peak District on 9th June. Gather from 16.00 at the Trig Point for a short walk and activities along the ridge. Bring friends and family, picnics and banners to make a day of it in this iconic landscape – a mass shout out for the environment.

Full details on the Facebook event page

Woodsetts public inquiry: Support rally for fracking opposition

Tuesday 11th June 2019
9am start
Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham S60 1AE

Woodsetts Against Fracking are calling for a mass assembly on the first day of the inquiry. If you are able to, please join them outside the court from 9am. Banners and placards welcome.

Power Beyond Borders: A ridiculously big action camp for climate & migrant justice

26th – 31st July 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

Reclaim the Power invite you to join them as they continue to highlight and oppose the key drivers of climate breakdown, and live up to their commitment to political and social justice as well as climate justice. This will be a mass action camp which aims to show solidarity with migrants as well as taking direct action against new gas infrastructure.

You don’t need to have done anything like this before. There are loads of ways to get stuck in: from veg chopping to welcome teams, media spokespeople to blockading.

Full details on the Reclaim the Power website

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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