18 events this week about fracking and onshore oil and gas, including Barton Moss police misconduct hearing, scheduled start of Upton camp eviction court case, industry conference, meet the regulator event, film screenings and planning and information meetings.
My research shows that there is already an extreme deficit of trust in the UK planning system. People view planning authorities and local councils as being under significant policy pressure to allow shale gas exploration. This perception is not unfounded.
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”.
“The Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people,” she claimed, draping sheep’s clothing over the most wolfishly right wing authoritarian Cabinet in my lifetime.
Despite the PM’s fine words, her Government listens only to those who say what it wants to hear.
Inspector said the Roseacre Wood appeal should have been dismissed as Cuadrilla have failed to demonstrate that their plan will work. Just look at her comments. The fact that Sajid Javid is still in mind to approve stinks. He is handing Cuadrilla a get out of jail free card and playing with road safety and people’s lives.