Frack Off

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Frack Off
Founded 2011
Focus Environmental protection
  • British Isles
Method Direct action

Frack Off is a grassroots direct action campaign aimed at stopping the extraction of unconventional resources in the UK, specifically concentrating on unconventional gas extraction.


Frack Off began with a campaign against the use of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as fracking for shale gas extraction with a banner drop from Blackpool Tower on 6 August 2011, which also launched the website[1][2]

On 2 November 2011, the Frack Off activists stormed Cuadrilla Resources' drilling site at Banks in Lancashire at 5:30am and four activists scaled the drilling rig and dropped banners. The action was timed to coincide with an industry conference, the Shale Gas Environmental Summit, in London and the release of an independent report commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources which said that its fracking in Lancashire may have triggered two small earthquakes.[3] Fracking later resumed, after changes to reduce the risk.[4]

Frack Off jointly organised "Camp Frack" with Campaign against Climate Change in March 2012.[5] The camp was a weekend event with anti-fracking activists from around the UK coming together with local people from around Lancashire where test drilling for fracking is most advanced in the UK. Camp Frack was attended by around 150 people and consisted of workshops around education, sustainable living, movement building and direct action.[2] The Camp culminated in a march to the drilling site where Cuadrilla is currently drilling for shale gas.[6]

Since then the campaign has broadened out to a campaign against coal bed methane and underground coal gasification too.[7][8]

In summer 2013, the organization was involved in the Balcombe drilling protest near Balcombe in the Weald Basin in Sussex where Cuadrilla was engaged in oil exploration.[9]

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  1. ^ "Anti-fracking protesters target Blackpool Tower". BBC News. BBC. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Melley, James (28 September 2011). "New groups protest at shale gas". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fracking protesters storm shale gas exploration site". 2 November 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Harrabin, Roger (13 December 2012). "Gas fracking: Ministers approve shale gas extraction". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Camp Frack". Campaign against Climate Change. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  6. ^ UK. "Fracking hell". New Internationalist. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
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  9. ^ radix (19 June 2013). "Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No". Frack Off. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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