Cuadrilla fracking plans: Lancashire council defers decision – as it happened
The oil and gas industry has claimed repeatedly that fracking is safe, alleging there’s never been a single case of groundwater contamination from fracking
People who live near fracking wells report a very different picture from devastating health impacts to contaminated drinking water and air pollution.
A US environmental group has written to Lancashire County Council urging it to refuse permission to allow test drilling for fracking.
The committee that meets on Tuesday will include three stand-ins and two new members. Less than half the Councillors expected to attend were part of the committee that last considered the fracking applications six months ago.
Despite the enormous increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma that started at the same time as heavy fracking began there—with the number of earthquakes over 3.0 magnitude skyrocketing from an average of less than two a year to 585 last year—the state has been in official denial about the cause.
Lancaster MP Cat Smith is calling on Lancashire County Council to reject fracking applications in the county.