Energy minister contradicts herself

Energy minister Claire Perry has been accused of making a “muddled” case for fracking in the UK,  Ms Perry spoke out in support of the controversial fossil fuel technology, claiming shale gas extraction was needed to ensure the country is not dependent on gas from Russia.  However, this appears to contradict previous statements she made, which saw her claim that Britain was “in no way reliant” on Russian gas.

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Blackpool hit by 4 earthquakes

Blackpool has been hit by four earthquakes just days after the controversial practice of fracking began again in the area. The latest quake hit this afternoon at levels where scientists say the process should ‘proceed with caution.’ Fracking was stopped for years after two earthquakes in Lancashire and experts have now raised fears that ‘there may be trouble ahead.’

 

 

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MP asks government to investigate fracking sentence judge who has family links to oil and gas industry

The government has been asked to investigate a judge who jailed three fracking protesters after the Mirror revealed his family links to the oil and gas industry.  Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire.

Critics claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”.

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