Could your home be fracked?

58,100 people are already part of the Not For Shale legal block

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Photo of an exploratory drilling site Photo of resident outside their home with a 'Not for Shale' sign is an online hub to raise awareness of the areas in Britain which could be affected by hydraulic fracturing, and help people in Britain challenge fracking companies looking to operate in their communities.

About the Not For Shale legal block

The Not for Shale legal block is a campaign by Greenpeace to support residents in fracking-affected communities to challenge the Government and the companies trying to drill in their immediate area.

The Not For Shale map uses data released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It shows the 14th licencing round of land that is under consideration for onshore oil and gas drilling in Britain.

Through, residents can refuse permission to frack under their homes, even if companies have made, or are already making plans to drill there.

Fracking is a form of fossil fuel extraction that involves horizontal drilling. Fracking companies can drill up to two miles from a drill site, meaning operations regularly pass under people’s homes and farmland.

But in English law, if you own land then your rights extend to all the ground beneath it. The Supreme Court held in 2010 in Bocardo SA v Star Energy [2010] UKSC 35; [2011] 1 AC 380 that these rights apply when someone wants to drill underneath your land. That means that if someone drills under your home without permission, or without a statutory right, it is a trespass and trespass is unlawful.

In Scotland, people also have very substantial and complex property rights, so the situation will be even more difficult for fracking companies to get around.

The more people who explicitly say that they do not permit drilling to take place under their house or land, the harder it is for companies to ignore the law – and the clearer it is to government that people do not want the country to be put ‘up for shale’.

Recent newspaper reports suggest that fracking companies are worried that the law as it stands could stop or delay them from drilling. They are lobbying the government to change the law so that they can go ahead and drill without the consent of residents.

We'll stand with residents every step of the way in order to try to stop the threat that fracking poses to our climate, our countryside and our health.

About fracking

Fracking is the destructive process of blasting water, sand and chemicals deep underground in order to get out gas or oil. Energy companies want to go to extreme lengths to uncover hard-to-reach fossil fuels from under our homes and countryside – fossil fuels which the International Energy Agency says must stay in the ground if we are to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. Fracking threatens not only our climate, but also our countryside and water, and most experts agree – it won’t do anything to bring down energy bills.

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