Friends of the Earth reaction to deferral of fracking decision

Reacting to today’s decision by Lancashire councillors to adjourn the decision on Cuadrilla’s planning application to test frack at Preston New Road until Monday (29 June), Friends of the Earth’s senior energy campaigner Liz Hutchins said:
“This shows just how contentious this polluting industry is. Despite a massive PR and lobbying offensive in Lancashire, Cuadrilla has been unable to persuade residents, businesses, unions, and councillors that Lancashire should accept this dirty technology.”
“There is clear evidence about the potential impacts of fracking on local people, their environment and on climate change.”
“This is now a real test for local democracy – fracking applications shouldn’t be bulldozed through against the overwhelming opposition of local communities.”

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