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David Cameron's plan to force fracking on us just became even more
real. Only 24 hours ago, the government announced it will open
up another 1,000 square miles of the UK to the shale gas and oil
industry. And going off reports in the press, it looks like thousands more miles
will follow .
Areas of natural beauty, including the North York Moors and the Peak
District, have been licensed for drilling. As have swathes of land near Lincoln,
Nottingham and Sheffield.
So what happens next? Behind the scenes, Greenpeace’s team is sifting through
the detail of what the announcement means. And as soon as we have more details,
we’ll share them. But already one thing is clear -- starting today, we need to
Can you share your ideas on what we could do next? Take the
quick survey here:
Until now, fracking firms had restricted licenses that only allowed them to
drill in a few parts of the country. But yesterday’s announcement changed that.
Now the starting gun has been fired on Cameron’s plan to double the area
of land that can be fracked.
If the prime minister gets his way, the consequences could be devastating.
Extracting gas from rocks beneath our towns and countryside will put water
supplies, and delicate wildlife protection zones, at risk. And drilling
for more fossil fuels will keep us hooked on dirty energy for years to
come, accelerating climate change even more.
To make matters worse, the announcement comes barely a week after the
government unveiled measures to fast-track fracking applications. Under the new
rules, local councils -- the government bodies who previously had the final say
on fracking -- now have limited powers to put the brakes on.
Lots of us are feeling angry that, despite the huge risks and overwhelming
public concern, the government is determined to frack. So if you've any
questions or concerns you’d like to get off your chest, please do reply to this
email and our team here at Greenpeace will try its best to help.
Together we can also turn anger into action. If thousands of us
chip in our ideas, our energy and our time, we can come up with the best
possible plan to push back.
Can you spare five minutes to have your say at this crucial
moment? Click to take part:
With all my thanks,
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