The Government have granted licenses to energy companies to launch exploratory drilling throughout the North and the rest of the UK including in an area which covers Sheffield Heeley

At the end of the last Parliament and flying in the face of concerns from independent scientific institutions, cross-party Parliamentary committees and environmental groups the government moved to water down environmental protections which would have ensured public and environmental health came first in any dash for shale gas.

The undersigned believe that there should be a complete halt on fracking and exploratory drilling and preparation work until the very real environmental and public health concerns surrounding the fracking industry have been addressed: