Victoria bans fracking

The Australians have been blazing an anti fracking  trail that we have followed for five years. First they gave us Lock the gate, then they gave us the inspiration of Nanas and now an outright fracking ban in Victoria. Chloe Aldenhoven is one of those trail blazers that coordinated lock the gate in Victoria along with other Friends of the Earth activists and a dedicated community movement. When we met Chloe in Paris not only was she a very inspirational speaker, she was the most unassuming and humble activist that you are likely to meet. The struggles of Australian activists has the greatest similarity to the UK , both politically and socially. Our fracking story has followed in the footsteps of Australia and if history is to be repeated we should expect to see fracking bans and moratorium imposed throughout England within the coming months.

Victoria has made a statement “Victorians have made it clear that they don’t support fracking and that the health and environmental risks involved outweigh any potential benefits.” – Premier Daniel Andrews.  

Its time for the UK to follow suit and ban fracking NOW.image1 victorians

Hey all,

A huge day for us with the unconventional gas campaign in Victoria.  After a mammoth 5 year campaign, a huge community mobilisation, our Premier Daniel Andrews has placed a permanent ban on all forms of unconventional gas (coal seam, shale and tight), including fracking.

“Our farmers produce some of the world’s cleanest and freshest food. We won’t put that at risk with fracking.”

“Victorians have made it clear that they don’t support fracking and that the health and environmental risks involved outweigh any potential benefits.” – Premier Daniel Andrews

We are ecstatic, and grateful to the international movement for all support and inspiration for this big legislative win.

Onwards and upwards!

Chloe Aldenhoven

Victorian Lock the Gate Coordinator

Coal and Gas Campaigner

Quit Coal


Lock the Gate to Frackers

Frack Free Lancashire
We’re locking the gate to frackers…
Does it seem a little quiet? That’ll be because in meetings, around kitchen tables, over garden fences and in various places… the people of Lancashire are readying themselves for the imminent decision about fracking Lancashire.lock the gate 2
We are many, we are varied and we all have one point of complete agreement – the UK will remain frack free. We may reach for that aim differently – but we are ALL reaching together
IF the decision comes and it has no respect for democracy or plain logic… then we will act (non-violently) but in a multitude of ways to prevent progress. We’re hoping the many will be willing to stand with us in some way – online sharing or perhaps in person here in Lancashire or where you are but in solidarity in some way?
…IF the day comes – we will call and hope to hear a roar in response from this incredible movement !

Police monitoring group offers guidance on the role of security guards at anti fracking protests

Security guard

Anti-fracking campaigners who are filmed by security guards outside oil andgas sites can apply to obtain copies of footage held on them, according to a new briefing.

The document, published this week by the policing monitoring group Netpol, said private security guards were commonly used to try to prevent protest. They often recorded protesters on their phones as “a form of intimidation”, the group said.

But filming in public spaces is subject to legislation and security companies must properly secure and retain any data they acquired.

Police monitoring group offers guidance on the role of security guards at anti-fracking protests




8-14 August 2016 : What’s happening this week?

whats happening this weekDeadlines, meetings, information stalls and fundraisers this week in DrillOrDrop’s round up of events about fracking, onshore oil and gas and the campaigners around them.Please let us know (click here) if any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Event listings for the rest of August and later in the year here


Tuesday 9 August 2016

Frack Free Yeovil meeting, 7pm, Meadow Road, Yeovil. Details for venue and meeting

Wednesday 10 August 2016

9am deadline for applications to Campaign Bootcamp, described as “Hogwarts for campaigners”. Details and application

Thursday 11 August 2016

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free information stall at the Gaunts House Summer Gathering in Wimborne, Dorset. Details

Friday 12 August 2016

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free information stall at the Gaunts House Summer Gathering in Wimborne, Dorset. Details

Saturday 13 August 2016

Frack Free Mansfield leafleting and stall, 11am-2pm, Stockwell Gate (near 4 Seasons Centre entrance), Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Details 

A voice for Leith Hill. Family picnic Day, 12pm-4pm, Leith Hill Place, Mole Valley, Surrey. Details

Frack Off This is not a drill! Anti-fracking fundraiser, talks, debates, raffle, film screening, music, speeches, performances, 11am-11pm, Hive Dalston, 260-268 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG. Details

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free information stall at the Gaunts House Summer Gathering in Wimborne, Dorset. Details

Sunday 14 August 2016

Sheffield Against Fracking information stall, 11.30am-5pm, Lowedges Festival, Greenhill Park, Gresley Road, Sheffield S8 7HL. Details

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free information stall at the Gaunts House Summer Gathering in Wimborne, Dorset. Details






Trying to bribe public to accept fracking won’t work, say campaigners

Greenpeace accuses Theresa May of wanting to ‘silence concerns with a wad of cash’ as Labour and Green party join attack

Barry Gardiner
Barry Gardiner said there were no payments for people who lived near wind farms, which were ‘clean energy’. Photograph: Stuart Wilson/Getty

Environmental campaigners have accused the government of trying to bribe the public to accept fracking, after Theresa May unveiled plans to give households cash payments worth thousands of pounds if shale drilling occurs in their areas.

The prime minister personally intervened with proposals for households to get direct cash handouts in areas where fracking takes place, changing plans that would have given money to local communities.

Announcing the plans on Sunday, No 10 said the cash model would be a “blueprint” for letting people benefit directly from other infrastructure developments as well.

It raised the prospect that residents could also get cash handouts if there were housing or office developments in their areas, funded through the community infrastructure levy that is currently under review.

The plans to reward people for accepting fracking in their areas provoked immediate criticism from Labour, the Green party and environmental charities.


Barry Gardiner, the shadow energy and climate change secretary, particularly criticised the handouts for fracking developments when there was no such “bribe” for people to accept clean-energy wind farms.

“Does Theresa May really hold the British public in such high esteem that she thinks they can be bribed into fracking and a fossil fuel future?” he said. “Appealing to people’s higher nature, Theresa May gives a £10,000-plus bribe if you live near a frack site. If you live near a wind farm, nothing … The asymmetry is amazing. Wind farms are subject to a localism veto but for shale gas, [the] government can override.”

Public support for fracking hit a new low of 19% in April according to the government’s long-running public attitudes tracker – while the numbers against the energy source had risen to 31%. Support for renewable power in the survey stood at 81%, with only 4% opposing it.

Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK chief scientist, said: “The government has tried to sweeten the fracking pill with cash payments before, and it didn’t work. Over the last two years, public opposition has soared and support for shale has tanked. People’s concerns about climate change and their local environment cannot be silenced with a wad of cash.

“You can’t put a price on the quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the beauty of our countryside. If Theresa May wants to show the UK is open for business, she should reverse the policies that have harmed our vibrant clean-energy sector and back the technologies that can supply cheap, homegrown energy for decades to come.”

The Green party also reacted angrily to the proposal. Molly Scott Cato, a Green party MEP, said: “Theresa May is … offering individual payments, little more than bribes, to households in areas affected by fracking. This is bound to set household against household and can only exacerbate community tensions.

“Following hard on the heels of the Hinkley fiasco, this misguided policy to encourage fracking demonstrates again that the government has no strategic energy policy. It is also another worrying indication of the failure of commitment to tackle climate change, first demonstrated by May in her abolition of DECC [the department for energy and climate change].

“The Green party is clear that our energy future must lie with the rapid investment in both energy conservation measures and new renewable capacity. This offers a clean, safe energy future and would also create many thousands of jobs.”

It is the latest direct intervention by May over energy policy in the past few weeks. She has abolished Decc by wrapping into a new business and industrial policy brief, and ordered a review of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station, after it had been signed off by EDF, the French state-owned company, and its Chinese co-investors.

Plans to compensate residents for fracking were first unveiled under the former chancellor George Osborne last year, who suggested there could be a £1bn shale wealth fund from up to 10% of the tax proceeds of shale drilling to benefit host communities.

The new fund could deliver as much as £10m to each community where wells are sited. Downing Street declined to estimate how much payouts could be worth, but it is thought that individual households could receive between £5,000 and £20,000.

Speaking ahead of a consultation on the fund, May said she wanted to make sure that individuals benefit personally from economic decisions. “The government I lead will be always be driven by the interests of the many – ordinary families for whom life is harder than many people in politics realise,” the prime minister said.

“As I said on my first night as prime minister: when we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful but of you. This announcement is an example of putting those principles into action. It’s about making sure people personally benefit from economic decisions that are taken – not just councils – and putting them back in control over their lives.

“We’ll be looking at applying this approach to other government programmes in the future too, as we press on with the work of building a country that works for everyone.”

A British Geological Survey study of shale gas across the north of England estimated total reserves of 1,300tn cubic feet – the equivalent of more than 500 years of UK gas consumption at current levels.

However, it is still unclear how much of this will be economical to extract and whether it would prove too disruptive to many heavily populated areas.

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Fracking Payouts

Theresa May’s plans to compensate those affected by fracking are denounced as a ‘bribe’ by environmentalists.

A generous windfall…or a cynical bribe?  Is this indicative of a desperate and frightened Government?County hall line

Some of the comments from members of Frack Free Lancashire today:

  • We are undergoing a seismic survey in PEDL 164 and already at least one house sale that we know of has fallen through just because it showed up on the search.  Theresa May says her government will be “driven by the interests of the many – ordinary families for whom life is harder than many people in politics realise”.   Her government will be driven, as always, by “the powerful” who stand to make billions out of inflicting fracking on communities!  No amount of bribery, community or individual, will give her social license for fracking and she knows it!


  • We should highlight who is really sitting on  a gold mine and it certainly won’t be the ordinary good people of lancs.
  • No amount of money could compensate for the impacts on health and environmental pollution. £10K is a desperate and pathetic attempt at bribery whilst using the North as guinea pigs for a failing industry.


  • As if ‘up to £10k’ could compensate us for what we would have to endure. We moved to the countryside for the peace,  quiet and way of life it affords. We worked hard to afford it. Our home is not likely to sell at all with a 24×7 fracking site next door so how this could ‘compensate  for any disruption and impact on property prices’ is ridiculous.  This tells me the government is desperate. They know there is huge and growing opposition and rightly so.

…and many more !

Spotlight on Ineos

With rumour and counter rumour surrounding INEOS here in Scotland, its perhaps time to explore the background to this company and its enigmatic CEO Jim Ratcliffe.

INEOS the company
INEOS is a young company. It has grown to become a leading chemical company with sales today of around $40 billion. Most of our employees have spent all their working lives in the chemical or oil industry. We continue unashamedly to extract best practices from this very impressive group of people in all spheres of activity.  We believe INEOS is a refreshing place to work and we are prepared to embrace new approaches to business (emphasis added).

That’s the blurb that greets you when you visit the INEOS website. Curiously asection of their website sports a picture of a windfarm…

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