Take Action on Barclays Fracking on Saturday 29 October

On Saturday 29 October, Frack Free York in Parliament Street to draw attention to Barclays involvement in fracking and ask people leave Barclays. This is part of a nation wide week of action organised with Friends of the Earth and anti-fracking groups across the country.

Barclays are a key player in the British fracking industry. They own 97% of Third Energy, the company that has been given planning permission to frack in Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. This planning decision is now subject to a judicial review, but we still need to make clear to Barclays that we do not accept their support for and participation in, fracking.

There will be a Frack Free York street stall near the Barclays branch in Parlialment Street between 10am and 2pm. Please drop by if you want to learn more about Barclays involvement in fracking, or about our campaign. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have any business with Barclays, such as a bank account, credit card, or mortgage. This day of action will be an opportunity for you to not only leave Barclays, but also make clear that you are doing so, in order to say no to fracking. There will also be a chance for you to send a message, as we will be on hand to make a video with you, if you want to say on camera why you’re against Barclays fracking in Ryedale.

At 1pm there will be a rally. Whether or not you are a Barclays customer, please gather in Parliament Street at that time to show your opposition to Barclays fracking plans.

Julian Sturdy’s Views on Fracking

On 15 October Leigh Coghill, Secretary of Frack-Free York met her MP Julian Sturdy along with other constituents to talk to him about climate change. Leigh pointed out that the ‘fugitive emissions’ (leaks) which are an inevitable part of the fracking process mean that electricity from fracked gas is not necessarily lower carbon than coal-fired electricity.  Leigh told him that she believed we should move to truly clean forms of energy rather than seeking to develop new forms of fossil fuels. She also explained the local impacts that would be faced by Julian Sturdy’s constituents if fracking was to go ahead in the area.

Julian Sturdy agreed that fracking companies have so far failed to satisfy concerns regarding the safety of this industry, which is proposed so near to some residents homes. Mr Sturdy, who in the past has championed localism, said he was committed to supporting his constituents and would oppose fracking if that was the will of local people. Frack Free York welcomed this declaration, which comes at a time when the government has overruled Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject Cuadrilla’s planning application to frack at Preston New Road and ignored the wishes of all those in Lancashire who do not want to see their county blighted by this destructive industry.

If you are one of Julian Sturdy’s constituents you can email him at julian.sturdy.mp@parliament.uk.


An Update on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan

The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan (JMWP) is a document being produced by City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and North York Moors National Park. The JMWP is importnat becuase it will govern how planning decisions on minerals, including gas drilling and fracking, and waste, including gas industry waste water disposal, will be decided. (more…)

A Message of Solidarity with Lancashire

Following the government’s decision to allow fracking at Preston New Road, people gathered outside York Minster to show solidarity with Lancashire and record a message of support shown in this video. Despite this terrible decision, the campaign against fracking continues on both sides of the Pennines and around the world. We won’t stop until we put an end to fracking once and for all.

An Audience with Josh Fox

josh_foxJosh Fox, director of Gasland and Gasland Part II will be in York on 15 October for an evening of talk, music and inspiration. He will be sharing film clips at the Priory Street Centre including extra material and scenes from his new film How To Let Go Of The World And Love The Things Climate Can’t Change. This film is the third in Josh’s trilogy and been a launchpad for engagement and action in the communities most affected by fossil fuel infrastructure. He is touring the world with artists, experts and concrete resources including toolkits, counterproposal support and links to investors in order to help communities lead a community energy revolution.

This event will be your chance to meet Josh, ask questions and learn more about how we can fight destructive fossil fuel industries, while moving towards a clean energy future. The event is free, but places are limited, so please book your ticket now at Eventbrite. Doors open 6.15 and the event will start at 6.30. Complimentary food and tea and coffee will be provided

Support Lancashire on Saturday

Last year, Lancashire County Council rejected 2 applications by Cuadrilla to frack, at locations between Preston and Blackpool.

On Thursday we heard the deeply disappointing news that Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, had decided to allow fracking at Preston New Road, and that he is minded to allow fracking at Roseacre Wood, subject to the Public Inquiry being reopened. The government has shown that they don’t care about the impacts fracking will have on people and the environment, or about local democracy. This may not be the news we wanted to hear, but we must continue to make our voices heard until the destructive shale gas industry is stopped.

Please join us this weekend!

On Saturday, anti fracking groups in Lancashire are asking as many people as possible to go to join them at the Preston New Road site as they react to the ruling, whichever way it may go. See the Facebook event here.

If you are able to travel to Lancashire please do so. If you would like to go but need help with transport please let us know.

A picture speaks a thousand words. If you can’t make the journey but want to show your support…

Join us at 1pm this Saturday 8th October for a quick press-call!

Frack Free York will release a statement to convey our reaction to the Lancashire decision. We want a lovely picture of our supporters to go with it!

Meet at the statue of Constantine outside York Minster – Saturday 8th – 1.00-1.30pm.

Come as you are and bring anyone you like – this is a family friendly meet so children are welcome! If you have banners or placards, you could bring those too.

Remember, the more people who turn out, the more powerful the image will be. Let’s show them that York cares about this decision – and our friends and allies in Lancashire.

Object to Third Energy’s Plans for Ebberston Moor

Third Energy, the company that was given planning permission to frack at Kirby Misperton, has now made another planning application. This time it is to keep their existing gas well at their Ebberston Moor 3 site in the North York Moors National Park going for another three years. This application, if agreed, will open the way for more harmful gas development in the National Park, including the possibility of an injection well for waste water from gas wells.

Please see this page in our Take Action section for more details of how you can object to this proposal. The deadline for responses is 15 September.

Driffield Frack Free Parade

parade2-212x300Campaigners against fracking and other forms of extreme fossil fuels from across Yorkshire will gather in Driffield on Saturday 17 September for the Driffield Frack Free Parade. The aim is for the event to be the biggest protest against fracking ever held in East Yorkshire. The more of you that attend, the clearer it will be that fracking is not wanted in Yorkshire, or anywhere else. The Frack Free Parade will be a family friendly event and all are welcome.

Those taking part will gather at Beverley Road in Driffield from 11am (postcode YO25 9DN). The parade will begin at 12 noon prompt. Please contact Frack Free York if you would like a travel buddy to help you get to Driffield, please contact us at frackfreeyork@gmail.com. If you are travelling to Driffield by public transport, you can take the number 46 or number 45 bus operated by EYMS from Station Road, Picadilly, or the University of York. Timetables are available here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Frack Free York meets with Labour councillors to discuss fracking

On 2 August, Kit Bennett, Chair of Frack Free York, met the Labour Party Group on City of York Council. At the meeting, the councillors listened to him explain a number of key risks associated with unconventional gas extraction and the fossil fuel industry including air pollution, water pollution and more climate change.

He asked them to speak out against unconventional gas, support a Joint Minerals and Waste plan that provides protection from the harmful effects of the unconventional gas industry and to work towards a national ban on unconventional gas development.

Yorkshire says NO to fracking!

poster for anti-fracking march on 30 July 2016.

Anti-fracking march in York on 30th July.

On 30th July Frack free York will be hosting a demonstration of solidarity for all of Yorkshire’s anti-frackers. Stating at noon, we will march around York to show how strongly we feel about preventing any unconventional gas extraction in our area.

This will be a peaceful march, culminating in several speakers from the anti-fracking community.

All are welcome and we will post further details closer to the time.