Cardiff Friends of the Earth and Cardiff People and Planet on Saturday called on Barclays bank to stop funding fracking in the UK.
Local residents and campaigners protested outside Barclays bank, Working Street, Cardiff. This was part of a national week of action calling for Barclays to end their investments in fossil fuels.
They set up a cocktail bar serving ‘fracked water’ cocktails to passers by outside Barclays Bank in Working Street, Cardiff. They were doing this to highlight the risks to drinking water from the cocktail of chemicals used in fracking for shale gas and shale oil.
Barclays own Third Energy, the company holding the licence to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. The company were given the go-ahead to frack by North Yorkshire County Council in May 2016. If it goes ahead this would be the first fracking in the UK for over 5 years.
Barclays are the only major high street bank investing in fracking in the UK.
The Cardiff Friends of the Earth and Cardiff People & Planet group spoke to hundreds of concerned passers-by during the day. Almost everybody we spoke to said that they don’t want fracking in Wales, in North Yorkshire, or anywhere else.
Support for fracking across the UK continues to fall. A recent study of British public showed that:
Fracking isn't compatible with tackling climate change. Barclays’ fracking investment is risky for both people and for the planet.
Lancashire is also under threat from fracking firm Cuadrilla. Chemicals giant INEOS also plans to make many fracking applications.
We want Barclays to withdraw their plans to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. Instead of a dash for gas, we need more renewable energy and energy saving.