Friends of the Earth calls for ban as fracking resumes

By agency reporter
August 17, 2019

On 15 August 2019, Cuadrilla restarted its fracking activity in Lancashire. Friends of the Earth says that in 60 days of fracking last year, there were 57 earthquakes, and is calling for the industry to be banned.

Jamie Peters, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Kick-starting an entire new fossil fuel industry when the impacts of climate breakdown are already ruining lives, including right here in the UK, doesn’t line up with the government’s claims to be a climate leader.

“Companies like Cuadrilla are turning a blind eye to the climate crisis and have been lobbying for earthquake safety limits to be relaxed. This is only after they’ve realised that fracking can’t be done without potentially dangerous effects underground.

“Fracking just isn’t part of the future if we are serious about avoiding climate breakdown. Instead of backing climate-wrecking fracking, the government should ban it and support renewable energy and green jobs instead.”

* Friends of the Earth https://friendsoftheearth.uk/

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