On the day a new fracking law is set to be announced, we're off to pay David Cameron a visit

Posted by simon clydesdale — 4 June 2014 at 6:28am - Comments
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David Cameron, tours a shale drilling plant near Gainsborough, in Lincolnshire earlier this year (credit: Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

It's 7AM and I'm writing this from a B&B in rural Oxfordshire. After I've hit the publish button, I'll be heading outside for an early morning drive into the Cotswolds.

But despite how this might sound right now, I'm on no countryside day out. I am here, along with a team of 6 Greenpeace volunteers, to deliver a wakeup call to David Cameron.

Get the latest on the fracking site at David Cameron's house right now, on our live blog.

Because today's the day that the prime minister is set to use the Queen's Speech to announce a new law, one that's already deeply unpopular with home owners across the country.

It's been dubbed the fracking law -- and put simply, it'll clear the way for fracking firms to drill for shale gas under our homes, even when they don't have permission.

Fracking -- or hydraulic fracturing -- is a destructive and dirty process using a mixture of water, sand and chemicals to blast rocks and release trapped gas and oil.

Despite Cameron's rhetoric, we know that fracking won’t help those struggling with fuel poverty. We know that emissions from fracked gas are likely to make climate change worse. Scientists say that two thirds of all proven fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. A fracking boom would undermine the growth of the UK’s clean energy industries. And leave towns and villages across the UK inundated with trucks and drilling rigs for years to come.

We've been expecting David Cameron to announce the new fracking law for a while now. So today, as the Queen prepares to lay out Government plans for the coming 12 months, we'll be setting up our own fracking site, right outside the prime ministers front door -- letting him know just what it looks like when his garden is turned into an industrial zone.

The fracking industry is trying to hold politicians to ransom. Just last week, Cuadrilla boss Francis Egan threatened that if parliament doesn't change the law so firms like his can drill under our homes without permission, fracking in the UK could grind to a halt.

We're planning to remain outside Cameron’s home long enough to make sure our message gets through -- or until the police force us to move on -- so follow our live blog to see how this unfurls. And as it's starting to chuck it down with rain as I send this, a few supporting comments wouldn't go amiss too!

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