(printable pdf of the information below: Let communities decide flier with QR codes)
The Government is consulting on proposals to streamline the planning process for fracking – disregarding widespread opposition and posing huge risks to our countryside.
The proposals would treat “non-fracking” exploratory drilling (often the first step towards fracking) as “permitted development”, making it as easy as putting up a shed or building a conservatory. With 17,820km2 kilometres of England covered by oil and gas licenses, this could lead to the wide scale industrialisation of the countryside.
The proposals would also mean final planning permission for shale production projects would be taken away from local authorities and given to central Government (under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Regime). This would step over local decision makers and communities’ wishes. For more info see https://gofossilfree.org/uk/let-communities-decide/ and https://frackfreeryedale.org/pdnisphome/ .
The consultation ends 25th October.
You could also:
b) Ask your MP to oppose fast-tracked fracking:
c) Tell Government Ministers to stop forcing fracking on communities(James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government and Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
d) Respond to the consultation (tips and link to the consultation)
e) organise a stall (particularly in the national Let Communities Decide Week of Action 8-14th October) to raise awareness of the proposals and encourage others to take these actions: