Councils say 'No' to the Dirty F-word

Strong local opposition to fracking, and mounting worries about the regulatory process, are leading to more and more councils expressing concerns about the shale gas industry.

Councils' opposition to fracking is taking many forms. Some are calling for more information from the Government while others are looking to create a Frack-Free Zone to reassure local residents.

The thing they have in common is that they're worried about the impact of fracking. Valid concerns councils are expressing include:

  • risk of water pollution 
  • potential local environmental damage 
  • over-hyped economic benefits

Councils want to see the evidence behind the Government's claims that fracking is as safe as it says.

Councils which have already said 'No' to the Dirty F-word include:

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Brent Council
  • Brighton and Hove Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Ceredigion County Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Deal Town Council
  • Dover District Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Glastonbury Town Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Hull City Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • London Assembly
  • Manchester City Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Monmouthshire County Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • North Lanarkshire Council
  • Norwich City Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Preston City Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Trafford Council
  • Waltham Forest Council
  • Westhoughton Town Council
  • Wirral Town Council
  • York City Council

As the Government looks to licence around two-thirds of the UK for fracking, this list will continue to grow.

If you know of any other councils that have said 'No' to the Dirty F-word, please email us:

My council said 'No' to fracking