Frack Free United is a network of residents and campaign groups who are united in protecting our countryside and communities from the threat of fracking, strengthening and building a progressive alliance from all walks of life and working together to oppose fracking – not only in your local area, but across the UK.
Our story began in 2008, when the government issued PEDL (Petroleum Exploration and Development licences) to allow companies to pursue a range of oil and gas exploration activities, including fracking, subject to the necessary planning permissions.
A further round of PEDL licences was issued in December 2015, so now one third of the UK is threatened, with further rounds likely to be announced.
Yet the majority of people living in these areas have no idea that their lives are about to be affected by the fracking.
To put Fracking on the political agenda and encourage debate on the issue in the corridors of power.
Frack Free United will encourage politicians to make their position on fracking clear by signing the Fracking Pledge and joining the Cross Party Frack Free Register.
We need to let the policy makers know we are all watching the actions of our politicians and how they respond to fracking at all levels of government.
As a grass roots election campaign we are asking candidates of all parties to publicly oppose fracking in our communities and across the UK.
Frack Free United will aim to strengthen and build a progressive alliance to oppose fracking. We must make our democratic voice heard.
This governments support for the Oil and Gas industry including recent changes to legislation has made it almost impossible for communities and councils to say NO to fracking, even going as far as overturning local council decisions which opposed fracking.
We call on local and national government to adopt an energy policy based primarily on renewables and energy efficiency, supporting green enterprise and a sustainable energy policy for the future.
The UK has the vision, the knowledge and technology to create a world- leading, sustainable and clean energy
revolution, yet the government cuts to this industry has led to the loss of thousands of jobs. Government support of fracking is more likely to commit the country to a fossil fuel future for decades to come.
Frack Free United believe a mix of renewable generation, energy storage, alternative gas supplies and other low CO2 sources of power, with a truly sustainable efficiency drive and development plan, is required to secure the energy needs of the future.
“Castle Howard is surrounded by Grade 1 monuments, buildings, and other structures, not the least of which is the finest non-urban collection of Hawksmoor buildings in the country. These are prime heritage assets for which I am responsible. I would be derelict in my duties were I not to raise the possibility of their ruination through seismic events caused by the hydraulic fracturing process and associated processes. It has yet to be demonstrated that this is not a material worry.” - The Hon Nicholas Howard, Castle Howard