Two days of climate action against fracking and new gas infrastructure
What: Two days of resistance and direct action to disrupt the fracking supply chain and new gas infrastructure
When: Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd February 2019
Where: Locations across the UK
Who: Environmental, anti-fracking and grassroot groups across the UK including Reclaim the Power, Fuel Poverty Action, Frack Free Leeds and Preston New Road crews.
The UK anti-fracking movement is widespread, well-organised and successfully holding back the onslaught of the shale gas industry. Now, bigger energy firms plan to build new gas-fired power stations which will cause a surge in the demand for fracked gas across the UK. Meanwhile, thousands of people are freezing in their homes whilst the Big Six energy giants profit from higher bills. It’s time to expose the web of fossil gas interests that are ripping us off and sending us on a path to climate breakdown.
The fracking supply chain
Fracking companies don’t exist in isolation. For the industry to survive they need access to our land, our water and our sand. It needs its drills, diggers and lorries. It needs money, spin-doctors and politicians in its pockets. British Gas for example, have poured £27 million into fracking company Cuadrilla. Mining companies like Sibelco plan to quarry in Cheshire and East Anglia to provide sand for the fracking process.
New gas demand
In the 2000s, the climate justice movement successfully stopped new coal-fired power stations from being built. Existing coal units will be phased out by 2025. Now, the fossil fuel industry is positioning gas as the solution to our energy needs. Drax power station in Yorkshire, for example, wants to convert its old coal-fired units into gas units. This will create a new market for fracked gas in the UK, locking us into decades of greenhouse gas emissions and blowing our climate targets. We are paying for these dangerous fossil fuel investments in through our high consumer bills.
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- Clean, affordable and publicly-owned energy in warm, well-insulated homes.
- A just transition away from fossil gas – that puts workers in polluting industries at the centre of the conversation.
- An immediate end to fracking
How to get involved:
- Find a local demo near you from the list below.
- Organise your own demo or action. Check out our guide to organising an action.
- Sign up to our email updates below to find out more information.
- Join the Introduction Call on Thursday 10th January at 7pm to find out more. Details here.
- Share this webpage and the Facebook event.
Demonstration against British Gas
Friday 22nd February 2019
Exact location and start time to be announced
London Reclaim the Power and friends at Fuel Poverty Action will come together on Friday 22nd February to put the spotlight on Centrica – the multinational company that owns British Gas – and their major investments in Cuadrilla. When huge corporations like Centrica fund fracking, they’re not just content with fuelling climate breakdown, they’re backing an energy source that keeps energy bills high and means more people going cold – or not eating. This colourful direct action will expose the links between finance, fracking and fuel poverty.
Leeds – Save Our Water
Friday 22nd February 2019
Time: To be announced
Reclaim the Power and Frack Free Leeds are highlighting the links between fracking companies and those that support them by targeting the Knostrop Treatment Works. A waste disposal site and one of a few with a permit to treat liquid fracking waste. Local people have made it clear that we don’t want fracking at places like Preston New Road and they certainly don’t want waste and by-products of fracking polluting in their communities.
Location: Leeds Environment Agency (with potentially other venues to be confirmed)
More actions to be added soon! Planning a demo? Submit the details here and we’ll upload the event to this webpage.
Any questions, please email info[at]reclaimthepower.org.uk