The government wants to class exploratory drilling as ‘permitted development’ – the same category as putting up a garden shed. This would mean fracking companies could drill across the English countryside without the need to apply for planning permission.
There are so many reasons why this policy belongs in the bin. By speeding up fracking, it would:
- trample on local democracy
- threaten the climate
- and scar the countryside.
If enough of us raise our concerns, the government has to listen. We recently stopped a climate-wrecking coal mine in Northumberland after thousands of us wrote to the government to reject it.
The government’s trying to sneak this through quietly. But if it happens, it could set a dangerous precedent for our democracy. Not to mention the devastation it could cause to our countryside, from the Yorkshire Moors to Sherwood Forest.
Now we have a window of opportunity to stop the government fast-tracking fracking. Can you share your reasons for opposing it?
Sign the petitions:
This petition urges Greg Clark (written by Campaign to Protect Rural England), Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to drop measures to:
● Treat exploratory drilling as permitted development.
● Include fracking in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Regime.
This petition urges the relevant Secretaries (written by Friends of the Earth), to ensure that local councils retain their right to make planning decisions on fracking, and to not allow fracking companies to drill without planning permission.
Respond to the consultation:
Now is also your chance to tell the government directly what you think about its plans. Can you respond to the government’s consultation? Friends of the Earth made it as easy as possible to submit your response, so it’ll only take a few minutes.
Write to you councillors and MPs:
You can find the contact details of all City of York Councillors here.
If you live in York Central you can contact your MP on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you leave in York Outer you can contact your MP on email@example.com.