Frack Free York Meets Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley

jonathan-bartley-meeting-anti-fracking-groups-yorkOn 3 November, members of Frack Free York and other Yorkshire anti-fracking group, as well as local members of the Green Party met Jonathan Bartley, one of the co-leasders of the Green Party. He listened with interest to our concerns about the links between unconventional gas and climate change, air pollution and water pollution and expressed his support for the anti-fracking cause.

After the meeting he gave an interview to Minster FM, in which he said the decision to approve fracking at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, was. “reckless.” and, “rode roughshod over local opinion.”

Boycott Barclays the Fracking Bank


On 29 October, Frack Free York held a protest outside Barclays Bank on Parliament Street. We did this to highlight the fact that Barclays Bank own 97% of Third Energy, the company that plans to frack the KM8 well in Ryedale. Barclays participation in the Fracking Industry is unacceptable and we call on Barclays customers to leave them and make clear they are doing this because of their involvement in fracking. During the protest, Alan, a Barclays customer did exactly that and spoke about his reasons for leaving Barclays in the video above. If you have an account, a credit card, or a mortgage with Barclays you can do the same as Alan and help to stop fracking in Yorkshire.



Free Screening of Groundswell Rising on 8 November

groundswellFrack Free York are holding a screening of Groundswell Rising from 7pm on 8 November, with a live Q&A with Executive Producer Mark Lichty. This insightful documentary brings us into the lives of those directly impacted by fracking and those on the front line dedicated to stopping it.

The screening is in the Crescent Community Venue, (The Crescent, off Blossom Street, YO24 1AW) and is free. We hope to see you there.

Unite Against Fracking on 12 November

Frack Free York will be in Manchester to join the Unite Against Frack Demonstration on 12 November. This national demonstration will draw anti-fracking protesters from across the country. We hope you will be there to join us. With the government showing it is determined to push through fracking against the wishes of local residents and opponents throughout the country, it is vital that show that we are united against fracking. Please take part in this important demonstration to show that fracking is not acceptable in Lancashire, in Yorkshire, or anywhere.

The demonstration will start in Picadilly Gardens at 11.00am. A coach will take protesters from York. It departs from the Leeman Road coach stop at 9.00am. Tickets can be booked on eventbrite. Tickets cost £18 for waged and £12 for unwaged.

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


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.