The government just declared war on the British people over fracking. It’s going to allow companies to frack under our homes without our permission — despite 99% of responses to a public consultation saying an emphatic NO.
A massive 40,000 people formally objected to proposals to change trespass laws so that fracking companies can extract oil and gas from under people’s land without permission. Showing utter disdain for democracy, the government has decided to ignore this outpouring of public opposition, and go ahead with changing the law in favour of the frack-happy 1%.
It’s clear that this government is far more interested in helping fossil fuel companies than it is in building a green economy or being democratically accountable. But we can still stop this.
Thousands of communities across the UK are facing the threat of fracking. The shale oil and gas boom in the US has led to contaminated drinking water, air pollution, health problems from headaches to cancer, multiple earthquakes, water shortages and rocketing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s blindingly obvious we can’t allow that to happen here.
60% of the land is open to fracking licences already, but local communities everywhere are saying no. Action camps have sprung up all over the country.
The government is getting desperate, which is why it’s resorting to removing people’s basic right to control what happens under their own land. We have to make this shocking move backfire, and lead to even greater opposition, until the frackers are forced to back down.