Two opponents of Cuadrilla’s plans to frack in Lancashire have won a national award established in memory of the campaigner, Sheila McKechnie.
Pat Davies and Barbara Richardson, of the Frack Free Lancashire coalition, received the Environmental Justice Award from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation at the House of Lords last night (13 April 2016).
The award recognises community members who campaign on issues such as climate change, carbon reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency. It was established in 2005 after the death of Ms McKechnie, a former director of Shelter and the Consumers’ Association.
Pat Davies, of Preston New Road Action Group, and Barbara Richardson, of Roseacre Awareness Group, have opposed Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at two sites in the Fylde near Blackpool.
Earlier this year, they represented their community groups at the public inquiry into the proposals, turned down by Lancashire County Council in June 2015. The inquiry inspector will submit her recommendation on or before 4 July. The Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark, will make the final decision.
Barbara Richardson said:
“It was a great night, attending an awards ceremony at the House of Lords. I feel very honoured and proud of Frack Free Lancashire and all of our campaigners. It was a real privilege to accept this award on behalf of Frack Free Lancashire.”
Pat Davies said:
“This award is for us all. My incredible team work tirelessly to ensure our community and beyond remains frack-free. Frack Free Lancashire and Friends of the Earth campaigners are remarkable for their unstinting work and passion. Lancashire hasn’t just spoken when we said no to fracking: Lancashire has roared!”
The Environmental Justice Award is sponsored by the charitable trust, the Frederick Mulder Foundation
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