Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Government upholds fracking appeal in landmark ruling

From the BBC - horizontal fracking can go ahead, the government has said, in a landmark ruling for the UK shale gas industry.

"Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans for fracking at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton in Lancashire.

Environmentalists and local campaign groups reacted angrily, saying it was a denial of local democracy.

It means, for the first time, UK shale rock will be fracked horizontally, which is expected to yield more gas.

A second site, Roseacre Wood, has not yet been given the green light amid concerns over the impact on the area.

Live reaction to the fracking announcement

Lancashire County Council refused permission to extract shale gas at both sites last year on the grounds of noise and traffic impact, but Cuadrilla appealed.

Cuadrilla chief executive Frances Egan said: "We have been through an exhaustive environmental impact assessment on this.

"We have assessed everything; noise, traffic, water, emissions, etc.

"The Environment Agency are entirely comfortable with it."

The full article can be read here.

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