Newsletter – October 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: Ask Sheffield’s mayor to declare a climate emergency

In May 2019 the UK Parliament declared a Climate Emergency, and over half of UK local authorities including Sheffield City Council have done likewise.

Join Friends of the Earth Sheffield in calling for the Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis MP, to declare a Climate Emergency bringing the region’s local authorities together to produce a Climate Action Plan.

Ask Sheffield's mayor to declare a climate emergency

Of course, we will be calling for the Climate Action Plan to include a ban on fracking in the region, but first we need Mr Jarvis to declare a climate emergency.

Sign the petition:

Let us know on social media when you’ve done it using the hashtag #ActNowStopFracking


Latest news

Plan for fracking ‘years behind schedule’ and has cost taxpayer £32m

An investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) said the shale gas industry has launched only three wells in three years, even though the plan was to establish 20 by the middle of next year.

Taxpayers have spent at least £32m in total on the industry, a report released on Wednesday reveals, £13m of which has been spent by police forces maintaining security in the face of protests.


Fracking equipment removed from Cuadrilla site after operations suspended

Fracking company Cuadrilla has begun removing its equipment from its site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, after all drilling was suspended when the firm’s activities caused a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in August.

The licence to carry out hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas expires on 30 November and Cuadrilla has said it will not seek a new licence.

The Oil and Gas Authority halted all operations indefinitely at the site after the 26 August quake, which was the largest caused by fracking in the UK and caused homes several miles away to shake.


UK to use finance meant for green energy to support fracking in Argentina

The UK is planning to invest in Argentina’s controversial oil shale industry using a £1bn export finance deal intended to support green energy, according to government documents seen by the Guardian.

UK Export Finance, the government’s foreign credit agency, promised in 2017 to offer loans totalling £1bn to help UK companies export their expertise in “infrastructure, green energy and healthcare” to invest in Argentina’s economy.

Instead official records, released through a freedom of information request, have revealed the government’s plan to prioritise support for major oil companies, including Shell and BP, which are fracking in Argentina’s vast Vaca Muerta shale heartlands.

One government memo, uncovered by Friends of the Earth, said that while Argentina’s clean energy sector was growing, it was “Argentina’s huge shale resources that offer the greatest potential” for the UK. 



Upcoming events

Emergency! Is Dan here to help save the planet?

Saturday 26th October 2019
Sheffield Town Hall

Sheffield Friends of the Earth is asking all climate activists, friends and everyone concerned about our environment to join us as we encourage Dan Jarvis, Mayor of Sheffield City Region to be the driving force and declare a Climate Emergency in the region. The ambulance is arriving outside Sheffield Town Hall at 10.30am on Saturday 26th October.

View the Facebook event

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 5th November 2019
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. All are welcome – hope to see you there. 

View the Facebook event

Youth Strike 4 Climate

Friday 29th November 2019
Time and location TBC

The next Youth Strike 4 Climate is taking place on 29th November. Keep an eye on the YS4C Sheffield Facebook page for details.

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