Press release from FoE,

Air Quality Plan ‘cynical’ and doesn’t do enough to save lives now

Friends of the Earth described today’s air pollution announcement as a ‘cynical’, headline-grabbing move which passes the buck of saving lives to local authorities as the government reveals its Air Quality Plan today (26 July).

Reports suggest that the much anticipated Air Quality Plan will include the welcome announcement that the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles will be banned from 2040. However, it fails to mandate the introduction of Clean Air Zones – areas in which the most polluting vehicles are charged to enter. It is reported that the government will instead announce a fund which will be made available to local authorities for them to decide how to tackle dirty air locally. 

The plan also reportedly doesn’t include a much needed diesel scrappage scheme to support drivers to move away from the most polluting vehicles. Friends of the Earth has been calling for Theresa May to provide a safety net for drivers by introducing a comprehensive diesel scrappage scheme funded by a ‘diesel-gate levy’ on manufacturers.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Oliver Hayes, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner said:

“Ministers know as well as anyone that Clean Air Zones are essential to give us breathable air fast. Their reported omission from the plans is a scandalous response to a health crisis that leads to 40,000 premature deaths annually.

“This is a cynical move by the government to grab the headlines by announcing changes for 23 years’ time and failing to enact measures which will curb pollution in UK towns and cities now. This is what the courts demanded and what the UK’s choking streets are crying out for.

“Today’s announcement is weak on Clean Air Zones, weak on a scrappage scheme, and passes the buck to local authorities. Lives will continue to be cut short because the government hasn’t got the guts to restrict where the worst polluting vehicles can go.”

If you’re a journalist looking for press information please contact the Friends of the Earth media team on 020 7566 1649.

“Right to protest under threat at Lancashire fracking site” – Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the shale gas company, Cuadrilla, to answer allegations of violence by security guards and staff against protesters at its site near Blackpool.

Party co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, hand-delivered a letter to Cuadrilla’s chief executive today expressing “grave concern” about two recent incidents.

Last week security staff allegedly punched an activist and were photographed holding him by the throat. On Monday a protester was hit by a van leaving the site.




What’s happening this week? 10-16 July 2017

In this week’s listings:

  • Divestment and green jobs rally at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site
  • Angus Energy conference call
  • Continuing direct action against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans
  • Cake at the Gate gatherings at UKOG’s Broadford Bridge site
  • Campaign training sessions
  • Planning meetings

Diary events for the rest of July 2017 here. Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. With grateful thanks to Ruth at DrillorDrop




Cuadrilla’s bid to change rules for Lancs shale gas site raises concerns about “intensified fracking”

The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, is being urged to explain why it is seeking changes to the environmental permit for its site near Blackpool.The Environment Agency announced yesterday that Cuadrilla had applied to vary the permit for Preston New Road, where drilling is expected to start imminently.  The company wants to make changes to the maximum limit of fracture fluid that can be used and to the duration of flaring during initial well tests.





Fracking Companies Hoped They’d Get Away With It

When Cuadrilla, Ineos and other fracking companies set their sights on turning the English countryside into major gas fields a few years ago, they were relying on the fact that this would stay mostly below the radar, and they could simply get on with getting the drills in and raking in profits.

Several years on, this couldn’t be further from the truth.




PNR 13 A Lock-on for Local People

Read report from Guardian 





PNR 13 : Preston New Road Lock On 3.7.2017 <3Please share <3

Posted by Cheryl Atkinson on Sunday, 2 July 2017


Preston New Road (A583) Cuadrilla, Lancashire UK – taken Sunday 2nd July 2017

Posted by Frack Free Creators – Knitting Nannas Lancashire on Sunday, 2 July 2017