November 1st, 2019

BREAKING: Fracking Banned in the United Kingdom

Fracking is too bad even for Boris; US political leaders must follow suit

The Guardian is reporting tomorrow that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a formal, immediate ban on fracking.

Drilling companies have targeted several UK sites for years, but a series of earthquakes have recently stalled operations. All along, intense local opposition movements have blocked drilling sites and pressured lawmakers across the country.

Johnson had been a vocal proponent of drilling, and his Conservative Party was the only major political party that still supported fracking.

In response to this news, Food & Water Europe and Food & Water Action executive director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

“This monumental victory is a huge win for the movement to protect our water and our climate future, and it happened only because committed activists lobbied political leaders and put their bodies on the line. It is a testament to the power of bold, uncompromised climate action in the face of immense political and legal obstacles.

“The biggest loser here is Ineos billionaire CEO Jim Ratcliffe, whose business model seeks to deliver petrochemical pollution, plastics proliferation and planetary destruction. It was Ineos that sought to frack the UK, and they have been stopped by a determined activist movement.

“The bottom line: If fracking is so bad that even Boris Johnson had to say no, there is no excuse for political leaders and presidential candidates in the United States to be any less ambitious. For the sake of clean air, clean water and a safe climate, fracking must be banned everywhere.”

Food & Water Europe is the European programme of Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit organisation based in the United States. Food & Water Europe champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people and advocate for a democracy that improves people's lives and protects our environment.