#Fracking in Lancashire: Interview with Friends of the Earth campaigner

Ali Abbas of Manchester Friends of the Earth answers questions about fracking in Lancashire. Please SHARE this post. It’s full of information that  you and other people can ACT upon.

There was supposed to be a decision today in Lancashire, but it didn’t happen because the company that wants to frack requested more time. Why do you think Cuadrilla wanted the delay? Are they hoping it will get lost in the general pre-election fuss, or are there other motives afoot?

The planning committee was due to decide on whether or not to give Cuadrilla permission to frack at two sites near the Fylde coast. Officers had recommended refusal because of the noise and traffic impacts, so Cuadrilla asked for a deferral so they could amend their plans to lessen those impacts. By doing so, Cuadrilla are hoping planning officers will recommend approval of the revised plans, making it harder for the planning committee to refuse them.

More importantly, what would you like individuals and organisations who don’t want fracking to DO in the next few weeks?

If you haven’t already, please sign and share this petition to Lancashire County Council leader Jenny Mein – and encourage all your friends and colleagues to do so too.

If you’ve got any spare time over the next few weekends, we’ll be out with local anti-fracking groups across Lancashire asking residents and businesses to sign letters to the council – call/text me on 07786 090520 for more details.

And if you’re short of time but have some money to spare, please consider making a donation to Friends of the Earth’s campaign fund to help stop fracking in Lancashire (and across the UK).

How can they get involved in what Friends of the Earth is doing on fracking?

As well as supporting the campaign in Lancashire, we’ve also been taking action against fracking in Salford and Trafford, and we’d like to encourage more councils across Greater Manchester to go frack-free. If you’d like to get involved, come to the next Manchester Friends of the Earth meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th February at the Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, M4 1LE, or call/text me on 07786 090520.

Some people will think “If not fracking, how are we going to keep the lights on? What about the jobs?” What would your answers be.

The best way to meet our energy needs affordably while staying within our carbon budgets is to focus on using less energy, such as by properly insulating our homes and workplaces, and accelerate uptake of renewables, with a particular focus on community ownership to make sure the profits stay in the local economy.

And that would create many more jobs than fracking – six times as many jobs per unit of power generated or saved, and around three times as many jobs for the same investment, according to recent analysis by the UK Energy Research Council.

If you’d like to see more investment in renewables and energy efficiency, please support Friends of the Earth’s Run on Sun campaign, and join the Energy Bill Revolution. And if you’d like to read more about future energy scenarios, this report shows how we can cost effectively decarbonise the power sector by 2030 without the need for nuclear power.

Anything else you want to say

On a related note, a small group of us is in the process of setting up a community benefit society so we can raise funds via a share issue to install solar panels on schools and community buildings across Greater Manchester. If you’d like to find out more or get involved, especially if you’ve got legal or marketing skills, please call/text me on 07786 090520.

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