Newsletter – September 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: Email your MP

The government is in turmoil over Brexit. We need to remind them that there are other important and urgent issues, such as putting an immediate moratorium on fracking in the UK. If MPs receive thousands of emails from people like you, the government will get the message that fracking simply cannot be allowed to go on.

Email your MP asking them to tell the government that it’s time to ban fracking

With over 40 marginal seats, in more than 170 English parliamentary constituencies affected by fracking licences, the impact of fracking in the UK should not be underestimated.

Email your MP asking them to tell the government that it’s time to ban fracking. Friends of the Earth have provided an email template that you can edit, so it’ll only take a few moments to send.

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


Latest news

Biggest ever global climate strike

During a week of action, millions of people around the world have been protesting to demand action from our leaders on climate change.

On Friday 20th September, in the UK alone, an estimated 300,000-350,000 people took part in more than 200 demonstrations.

In Sheffield, thousands of us marched and gathered for a rally outside the City Hall. Long-standing member of Sheffield Against Fracking, Kath, was asked to speak at the rally. The organisers wanted her to explain fracking and its implications for climate change in a way that the young people attending the strike could understand. We think she did a marvellous job!

Watch a video of Kath’s speech

UN urged to back global fracking ban

Prior to the recent climate strikes, more than 450 celebrities, activists and campaign organisations signed an open letter to the United Nations, urging them to endorse a worldwide ban on fracking.

The letter says: “continued production, trade and use of fracked hydrocarbons for energy, petrochemicals and plastics torpedoes our global efforts to tackle climate change and violates basic human rights.”

The open letter to the UN secretary general, António Guterres, comes seven years after the UN Environment Programme issued a global alert on fracking, stating it may have adverse environmental impacts even if done properly.

Emma Thompson, one of the letter’s signatories, called fracking “an affront to common sense, common health and the safety of the planet”.

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IGas wins more time for exploration

IGas has been granted extra time for exploration work in six oil and gas licences awarded three years ago, including one near Sheffield.

The licences were awarded in the most recent licence allocation (the 14th round) in 2016. They include PEDL305, which surrounds Rotherham.

The five-year initial terms of 14th round licences were not due to expire for nearly two more years, in July 2021. However, the company’s interim accounts show that the initial terms of six PEDLs have been extended for another three years, until July 2024.

IGas has drilled no wells in any of these licences.



Upcoming events

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 1st October 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

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