In their clamour for shale gas, ministers forgot the climate agreement

(via the Guardian) No amount of spin or legal obfuscation can reconcile the UK government’s clamour for shale gas with its obligations as enshrined in the Paris climate change agreement. Consequently, when the UK’s communities secretary, Sajid Javid, gave the go-ahead for fracking in Lancashire, he was

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Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners call on PM to honour promise on fighting injustice

A group campaigning against fracking at a site near Blackpool has called on the Prime Minister to honour her pledge to fight burning injustice and stand up for all, not just the privileged few. Theresa May made the promise in her first statement as Prime Minister in

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Minister’s Lancashire fracking decision has “unleashed a dragon” says community group

Last week’s decision by a government minister to reopen the planning inquiry into one of Cuadrilla’s fracking sites in Lancashire has made local people more determined to fight it, a spokesperson for the community has told DrillOrDrop. Barbara Richardson, who lives 550m from the proposed Roseacre Wood site,

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Ignoring local concerns on fracking will come back to haunt Britain

When a county council in the north of England refused to grant planning permission for a shale gas site back in June 2015, it was hailed as a victory for anti-fracking campaigners and concerned locals. The UK secretary of state for communities and local government, Sajid Javid,

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Reflections on the fight for a frack-free Lancashire

  http://bright-green.org/2016/10/11/reflections-on-the-fight-for-a-frack-free-lancashire/ The plans were loose; we would gather for a community conversation about what next now that Westminster has seen fit to drill the democracy right out of Lancashire and enforce fracking on an unwilling population and the Council that represents us. By the time the

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Sajid Javid is being ‘reckless’ with lives to push fracking, campaigners say

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of putting shale gas before public safety at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire despite warnings from a planning inspector that a key aspect of the plan is “neither safe nor sustainable”. Proposals by energy firm Cuadrilla to frack there and at

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Council faces bill of £330k for costs in fracking battle

Lancashire County Council will face a bill for costs in excess of £330,000 over the planning battle for two bids to frack on the Fylde. A spokesman confirmed Cuadrilla has been granted costs relating to the council’s refusal of permission to install a monitoring array near the

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Fracking given UK go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned

By Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council Last year a committee of county councillors from Lancashire dealt with one of the biggest planning applications ever put before any council, as they considered Cuadrilla’s applications to drill and frack for shale gas in two rural locations between

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