Technical terms in fracking consultation “misled the public” over harm from chemicals.

People have been excluded from a public consultation over fracking chemicals by the use of technical language, an industrial chemist has complained.

Dr Duncan Coppersthwaite, a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a chartered chemist, accused the Environment Agency, which organised the consultation, of failing to provide a fair and open process.

His complaint centres on Cuadrilla’s use of the phrase “non-hazardous” for two additives it wants to use in fracking at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool.