What is fracking? Hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking’, is a fossil fuel extraction technique, involving drilling thousands of meters underground, and injecting a mixture of chemicals, in order to release shale gas (a high-carbon fossil fuel when burned).

What are the risks? Fracking poses some risks to human and animal health, through inevitable leaks from fracking wells of fluid and/or gas, and water contamination. Communities and house prices could also be affected, as local infrastructure and public services are put under strain by the scale of the industry and its workers, which can lead to increased pollution, crime rates and road accidents.

For further information on the facts and figures, please see our Recommended Information & Resources section.

How can you help? Friends of the Earth have lots of information about ways that you can help prevent fracking in Yorkshire and in the UK. Visit this section of their website here. You can also sign a petition or contact your local MP to voice your opposition to this fossil-fuel extraction technique. We challenge you to talk about fracking with your family and friends and ask you to please donate to Frack Free Scarborough via Just Giving or by cash/cheque at an event.

When do we meet? 

  • The Scarborough Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00pm at the Scarborough Railwaymen’s Social Club.
  • The Scalby, Burniston & Cloughton Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7:00pm at the Cloughton Hall.

All are welcome to attend these meetings.