A new round of fracking licences have recently been announced across England, covering vast areas of Yorkshire. This means that fracking could soon be coming to our local communities.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process used to extract gas trapped inside shale rocks underground. This is done by drilling a deep well and injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at very high pressure to fracture the shale rock and release the gas. Evidence from fracking sites in the US, Canada and Australia have shown a wide range of negative impacts this process causes, such as water contamination, air pollution, earthquakes, and ill health in humans, livestock and wildlife alike.
Community groups across the country have had great success in campaigning against fracking in their local area, you could be part of the community of people winning this battle all over the UK.
The areas of South Leeds covered by the latest round:
Allerton Bywater, Belle Isle, Carlton, East Ardsley, Great Preston, Ledsham, Ledston, Lofthouse, Methley, Mickletown, Middleton, Oulton, Robin Hood, Rothwell, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, and Woodlesford.
Most of the Wakefield area is also covered, including:
Airedale, Altofts, Alverthorpe, Castleford, Eastmoor, Featherstone, Ferrybridge, Flanshaw, Glasshoughton, Kettlethorpe, Knottingley, Lupset, Normanton, Outwood, Pinders Heath, Pontefract, Portobello, Stanley, Streethouse, Thornes, Wakefield city centre, Wheldon, Whitwood, Wrenthorpe and more.