Shale gas Raising awareness about the impacts of unconventional oil and gas on the climate, the environment and health

27 October 2014

This weekend, Friends of the Earth campaigners from across Europe visited one of the front-lines in the struggle against drilling for unconventional oil and gas in the south-east of England. There is a growing movement in the UK to oppose fracking – in the courts, in the fields and on the roads, and by creating community-owned renewable energy projects. Friends of the Earth is linking this movement with struggles to oppose fracking in other parts of the country and across the world.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Shale gas and other unconventional oil and gas pose a serious threat to the climate, the environment and local communities. The extraction of these fuels, like shale gas, leads to ground-water contamination, serious health impacts, and significantly higher carbon emissions than other fossil fuels.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe believes that if these forms of gas and oil are exploited in Europe, our climate and renewable energy targets will be put in jeopardy and unacceptable risks will be imposed on communities and the environment.

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