Friends of the Earth have won a ban on any further fracking in the UK.
Today the UK Government announced that a moratorium on fracking in England, which means that no new fracking can take place anywhere in the country. Friends of the Earth have campaigned for over 8 years for a ban on fracking in the UK
Lancashire and Yorkshire are two areas that campaigned against fracking rigs, legal threats and earthquakes.
Friends of the Earth started campaigning back in 2011 against the emerging fracking industry, because the last thing the UK needed was a new source of fossil fuels to burn.
Jamie, Climate Campaigner said of the victory
“We know that the fight against the fossil fuel industry must continue. But now it’s time to celebrate – make sure you do because this news is huge.”
Some might argue that the government has only ‘halted’ plans for further fracking projects, and Friends of the Earth will remain campaigning for a total ban. Also, cynics might argue that this news from UK Government comes at a good time with an election due in December, as the Government will not agree to any future fracking “until compelling new evidence is provided” proving fracking is safe.
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