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Floods Meeting with Guy Shrubsole

Our next group meeting on Tuesday February 10th will include a talk from Guy Shrubsole, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, on the risk of floods. Download a flyer below.

Fracking coverage in local press

The Willesden and Wembley Times has reported the latest move to apply for fracking permits in Park Royal, giving prominent attention to our press release and photo.

Click on the photo or link below to download a pdf version.


Our Press release on the latest threat of fracking in Brent

Brent FoE says No to Fracking in Brent
In response to London Local Energy's application for a licence to frack for shale gas in Park Royal, Brent, Ian Saville joint Co-ordinator of Brent Friends of the Earth (Brent FoE) says,

“We resolutely oppose fracking in Brent, or anywhere else, and urge Brent Council to turn down the application by London Local Energy to site a well head in Park Royal. Fracking is a dirty technology that may seriously damage our health, environment and is very likely to worsen climate change. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that will add to the dangerous levels of greenhouse gases in the environment. It should be left in the ground.

Fracking: Lobbying our MPs - and new threat of Fracking in London

Members of Brent FoE with MP Glenda Jackson
As part of national FoE's anti-fracking campaign, we are meeting our MPs and prospective Parliamentary candidates to find out their views and highlight our concerns about this 'dirty' technology.
So far we met with prospective Brent Central and Hampstead & Kilburn Libdem candidates, Ibrahim Taguri, and Maajed Nawaz both of whom are anti-fracking; and this week  Nick, Viv, Pam, Debbie, Pat (pictured) and Farhan met Glenda Jackson, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn.  In a lively discussion we found common ground on the need to address climate change more urgently and insulate our homes
(building regulations have sadly weakened under the coalition Government), but disagreed on the so called 'energy gap' and whether fracking has a role to play in 'keeping the lights on'. 
Whereas FoE believe we must leave some fossil fuel in the ground to achieve carbon reduction targets, Glenda felt that fracking for shale gas, in spite of concerns about the dangers of the process, and the climate change effects, is essential because renewables such as wind and solar cannot meet the gaps in gas supplies that may arise in the next few years.

Talk on Biomass with Duncan Law, Tuesday October 14th

Duncan Law was a guest at our monthly meeting on Tuesday October 14th at 7.30pm. 
Duncan, from Biofuel Watch and Transition Town Brixton, presented a short film and gave a talk about the issues around the use of biomass as an energy source. For more information on this, go to

Join us on the People's March Against Climate Change

We'll meet on the platform at Kilburrn Station 11:30am, Sunday 21st September.

Brent FoE public meeting with Andy Atkins

Brent FoE held a public meeting with Friends of the Earth Director, Andy Atkins, entitled 2064:  Our Planet in 50 Year's' Time - Ravaged Disaster or Eco Dream World?  It's Time to Decide. The meeting took place at Salusbury School in Queens Park on 18th June, and was attended by over 60 people. The audience included two Labour councillors and a representative from MP Sarah Teather's office, as well as many interested local people with links to other groups.  Andy's presentation was followed by a wide ranging and lively discussion on topics including changing climate, loss of biodiversity and lobbying for the forthcoming general election.  

We met Andy Atkins, FoE Director, 18th June

The meeting with Andy Atkins was a great success, with many people interested in what Andy had to say, and a number signing up for the Run on Sun campaign. 

Brent Council Leader Councillor Muhammed Butt writes to confirm council position on fracking.

Text of letter below...

Ian Saville and Pam Laurance
Joint Coordinators
Brent Friends of the Earth 

Dear Ian and Pam, 

Brent and fracking 

Thank you for your letter of 15 March 2014 and the postcards that you enclosed. It’s heartening to know that so many Brent residents passionately oppose hydraulic fracturing as much as the Council does; as you say, “Fracking is a dirty word”. 

Our letter about fracking published in Brent and KilburnTimes

Letter of the week - 13th February 2014...