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Davies fails to make the case for a 3rd runway

Posted by Graham Thompson — 1 July 2015 at 2:17pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport
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Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport

This morning the Davies Commission reported back on airport expansion in the South East of England. To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Davies recommends a third runway at Heathrow, and then tries to make a case that this can be delivered within the UK’s legally binding carbon budget. Inevitably that case is riddled with holes you could fly an airbus through, which, in a way, is the job it was intended to do.

From the Fracking Frontline: Bob Dennett on Lancashire’s historic rejection of fracking

Posted by LiamBB — 1 July 2015 at 10:08am - Comments
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill
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Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrilla

After Lancashire County Council unexpectedly rejected Cuadrilla’s application to frack at Preston New Road on Monday, I wanted to hear a bit more of the story from someone at the frontline of this monumental decision. Bob Dennett is a co-founder of Frack Free Lancashire. He told me a bit about the story that led to Monday’s campaign win, and the fight that still lies ahead.

Greenpeace at Formula E....and we are serious

Posted by Anonymous — 30 June 2015 at 3:02pm - Comments
A polar bear giant life-like puppet stands next to a formula e car
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Even polar bears can enjoy Formula E

You may have heard that natural gas is needed as a 'bridging fuel' until renewable technologies are fully developed. You may have heard that electric vehicles will be popular once 'range anxiety' is cured amongst the motoring public by extending battery life and reducing charging times. 

Lancashire fracking decision is a huge victory for people power

Posted by Richard Casson — 30 June 2015 at 1:22pm - Comments
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People hug outside Lancashire town hall after hearing news that fracking had been rejected

Yesterday, something incredible happened. For the second time in just seven days, Lancashire county council said no to fracking.

What happened to the Airplot?

Posted by sgelmini — 25 June 2015 at 5:18pm - Comments
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There's a story on the Guardian website today which has thrown up questions about what happened to the land that we bought some years ago to block plans for a third runway at Heathrow. It claims that the land was sold back to its original owner (which is true, and with good reason) and that we didn't publicise this (which is also true, also with good reason).

Fracking deadlock: Will Lancashire councillors stay strong against the fracking industry?

Posted by LiamBB — 25 June 2015 at 2:57pm - Comments
Don't frack our future
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Local protests at Preston Town Hall earlier this week

As I write this, the Lancashire County Council planning committee charged with approving or rejecting Cuadrilla’s applications to frack for shale gas in the county, is at a stalemate. With seven members of its fifteen moving to approve the application at Preston New Road, seven standing to reject it, and one councillor abstaining, the vote - which was expected to be decided on Wednesday - has been delayed until Monday.

Fracking industry claims talks up job boom - but it's just more hot air

Posted by Richard Casson — 19 June 2015 at 12:10pm - Comments
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The North West Energy Task Force has been at it again. In the final days before Lancashire Council takes a critical decision over fracking, the Task Force’s PR team has fired into life and launched a new round of ads evangelising the benefits of shale gas.

UPDATE: It's time for Standard Chartered to come clean on the Reef

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 18 June 2015 at 2:12pm - Comments
Standard Chartered logo with drowning clownfish. Background shows reef
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Just a few weeks ago we started this campaign by asking a very simple question: is Standard Chartered helping to find money for one of the planet’s most destructive fossil fuel projects that threatens the Great Barrier Reef? We asked this question in front of Standard Chartered’s shareholders at their AGM in London. 

Rally against fracking in Lancashire - Preston, 23 June 9am - 7pm

Posted by Richard Casson — 17 June 2015 at 11:58am - Comments
Lancashire County Councillors greeted with anti-fracking message
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On Wednesday, Lancashire County Council will be deciding whether to approve Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at sites in Lancashire. On the eve of their decision, hundreds of us from across Lancashire will gather outside the council offices in Preston to tell the council to keep fracking out of Lancashire.

Come and join us! Read on for all the logistical information you need.

Which MPs have spoken out against fracking? Here are a few to keep an eye on

Posted by Anonymous — 15 June 2015 at 12:29pm - Comments
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From left to right: Jason McCartney, Caroline Lucas, Cat Smith, Mark Williams, Liz Saville Roberts, Stuart McDonald

In the run up to last month’s election, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth teamed up to launch the Frack Free Promise – a political pledge that candidates could sign on to and promise to oppose fracking.