What can I do?

The Conservative manifesto made it clear that they intend to legislate take every decision on Oil and Gas exploration out of local control and make ALL drilling for fossil fuels permitted planning. They will go even further and decide multiple fracking applications in Westminster. The manifesto said: "The discovery and extraction of shale gas in the United States has been a revolution. Gas prices have fallen, driving growth in the American economy and pushing down prices for consumers" and it goes on to say "The US has become less reliant on imported foreign energy and is more secure as a result." The party then states "We will therefore develop the shale industry in Britain."

 

The proposals commit the conservative government to changing legislation and confirms its support to fossil fuels by pledging "We will legislate to change planning law for shale applications. Non-fracking drilling will be treated as permitted development, expert planning functions will be established to support local councils, and when necessary, major shale planning decisions will be made the responsibility of the National Planning Regime."

 

Not only will these proposals commit the UK to fossil fuels for decades to come, jeopardising our legally binding commitments to the Paris accord, but they also drive drilling rigs through local democracy. Local communities will lose their right to say no to vast areas of the UK being turned into an industrialized gas field, in what can only be described as an attack on local democracy that will bring fracking by dictatorship.

Non-fracking drilling can have major local impacts, including traffic, landscape impacts, noise and the generation of large amounts of mining waste. Bringing it within permitted development would mean no planning application, no environmental impact assessment in most cases, no local democratic scrutiny and control and no voice for local people.

CALL TO ACTION.

With the soap opera still playing out at Westminster we must try every option at our disposal. We have uploaded a template letter for you to use to highlight the potential attack on our local democracy. We must get the message through at local and national level.

 

Contact your local councillor or MP, no matter what party they are from and share your concerns of the proposed changes to the planning laws. Do not hesitate to use this template letter (click the word logo) to persuade local MPs to press Sajid Javid to scrap plans in the Conservative manifesto to let drilling happen without planning permission.

 

Please help keep the pressure on and write to your local MP, MSP, MEP or Councillor and personally asking them to help us oppose fracking and the attack on our right to say NO!

 

Letter in response to the Conservative Party manifesto pledge.
Do not hesitate to use this attached template letter Please share it, sign it (after editing it to give it your own personal slant) and send it. Please feel free to use it on stalls etc. Send it to your local councillors, Members of Parliament and Peers. Do not delay.
Permitted development letter.docx
Microsoft Word document [20.4 KB]

You may also like to to use this website: https://www.writetothem.com

Please help keep the pressure on and write to your local MP, MSP, MEP or Councillor and personally asking them to help us oppose fracking. You can use the TEMPLATE LETTER below or compile your own version.

 

You may also like to to use this website: https://www.writetothem.com

 

We need to do this across all councils in the UK to ensure that all councillors understand the implications and potential threats of fracking and that they have a duty of care to ensure the health and well-being of the environment and protect the communities they represent.

 

You can sign it as an individual, business or campaign group.

Encourage your local representative to sign up to the Frack Free Declaration
FFU politician template letter..docx
Microsoft Word document [21.0 KB]
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