Fracking: Cuadrilla to appeal


Anti-fracking protesters celebrate outside Lancashire County Hall after Cuadrilla’s fracking application is refused.

Cuadrilla is to appeal against Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject its two applications to frack for shale gas.

The gas exploration company announced this afternoon it was launching appeals against decisions relating to both Lancashire sites.It had applied to frack at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, and at Roseacre Wood near Elswick.

County council officers had recommended that the Roseacre Wood bid should be dismissed mainly on traffic grounds, but said Preston New Road should be approved. But members of the development control committee threw out both applications at a marathon hearing last month.

Protesters were delighted – but fully expected Cuadrilla to appeal the decisions.The Government is fully behind a well-regulated and safe shale gas industry. But opponents say there could be pollution problems, possible earthquakes and traffic and noise near sites.

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Lancashire’s fracking victory was even greater than we knew

The anti-fracking movement scored a great victory when Lancashire councillors refused planning permission for two fracking wells, writes Damien Short. But dig deeper and the triumph was all the greater, as it overcame not just Cuadrilla, but a morass of pro-fracking bias and legal and scientific misrepresentation from those meant to be providing impartial advice.

Dr Damien Short is director of the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

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With over 20 years experience helping women manage safe and successful home births in Utah and Idaho, U.S., Donna Young was shocked to deliver her first stillborn baby on May 8, 2013. When she attended the baby’s funeral service several days later, she noticed an unusually high number of infant grave sites at the cemetery — all with recent dates. Instead of turning a blind eye and brushing her observation off as an unfortunate coincidence, she decided to investigate.


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