Coal Aston & Dronfield Against Fracking (CADAF) are a group of residents who have come together to oppose the threat of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas (otherwise known as “fracking”), primarily in the S18 area of Dronfield, Coal Aston and surrounding suburbs and villages but also across the East Midlands and in the UK generally. We are extremely concerned and worried about the impact fracking would have on our pleasant and peaceful part of the world, and for our health for several reasons:
- greatly increased heavy traffic movements;
- potential for contamination of the aquifers (water basins). This could potentially contaminate all plantlife growing on the surface of our land; crops such as wheat, corn and barley, or rapeseed; vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cabbages, cauliflowers, etc: fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes; tree-grown fruits such as apples, pears and cherries; and even the grass and plants which are eaten and water which is drunk by our cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Yes, it could even get into our milk. Not only that, it could also destroy the already fragile wild flower ecology upon which bees and other pollinating insects rely; insects upon which we the human species rely to pollinate and propagate the very plantlife we need for our own continued existence. It could even affect the plants growing in our gardens!
- the general mental health implications of consistent noise, light and atmospheric pollution throughout the day but particularly at night for those unfortunate enough to have had fracking imposed upon them;
- air pollution, not only from the drill sites themselves with their diesel-powered generators but also the constant traffic of HGVs to and from the sites;
- visual impact on the landscape, particularly having regard to the Green Belt;
- impact on wildlife such as badgers, bats, mice, shrews and voles, and bird species such as owls, buzzards, kestrels, skylarks, lapwings and yellowhammers which rely on peace and quiet to be able to nest and raise their young, and – in the case of birds of prey – to be able to hunt;
- the general massively-increased impact on the environment, on public health and on the wellbeing of livestock and wildlife of multiple wellpads and drilling sites in relatively small and well-populated semi-rural areas;
- whatever the fracking companies and the Government might say to the contrary, shale gas is not necessary for our future energy needs, either as a “bridge” to a cleaner energy structure in 30-40 years’ time, nor to “keep the lights on” in the more immediate future.
For further information about our reasons for opposing fracking, you can read through our four “Open Letter” articles on this site.
We oppose fracking, by peaceful means. This has involved raising public awareness through posters on local Notice Boards and slideshow presentations, and through our regular monthly meetings; encouraging and enabling local residents to make written objections to Planning Applications; giving verbal evidence to the Public Inquiry (June 2018) to support those objections; and engaging with our local MP Lee Rowley, Labour Party candidate Chris Peace and local councillors at all levels to obtain their support and discuss with them the way forward. We have also worked very closely with Eckington Against Fracking in opposing the application to start exploratory drilling at Bramleymoor Lane (Marsh Lane), and we continue to extend this spirit of co-operation with EAF and other like-minded groups in the future.
As well as this website, we have a very active Facebook page.
CADAF is a non-profit organisation and we are non-political. Our supporters come from all walks of life, all kinds of jobs and professions, and from across the political spectrum. We are not affiliated to any political party.
We hold meetings once a month on a Wednesday evening at Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, S18 2XP; see our “Upcoming Meetings” page for full details. The meetings are open to the public so everyone is welcome to come along and express their views, ask questions, or simply sit and listen … you’ll find we’re a friendly bunch! There is good car parking and excellent disabled facilities on site. Tea and coffee are always available.
We also publish a monthly Newsletter, copies of which you can find on this website.
SO HOW DO I JOIN?
Quite simply, you don’t have to!
Come along to one of our meetings and meet us.
You can ask to join our Facebook group if you wish but it’s open to public view although only group members can contribute with posts, comments etc.
We also run an Electronic Mailing List, sending out all the latest news and notifications by email: if you wish to be added to this List, just drop us an email using the link on our Contact page, giving us your first name and surname and email address and asking to be added to the Mailing List, and that’s it!
Other than names and email addresses for contact purposes, CADAF don’t keep any other personal details about anyone, and no information is ever passed on to any third parties or other organisations. We conform strictly to the provisions and requirements of the Data Protection Act.