People opposed to fracking demonstrated today outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool to protest at the go-ahead for exploration.
Some wearing black carried banners which said democracy had died on Thursday when the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, granted planning permission for the site. He upheld Cuadrilla’s appeal against the refusal of consent by Lancashire County Council in June 2015. Cuadrilla has said drilling could begin in 2017.
Mr Javid deferred a decision on the company’s other appeal site at Roseacre Wood. He reopened a public inquiry to give Cuadrilla another opportunity to provide evidence on highway safety.
For background see links at the bottom of this post.
Breaking: Government approves Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking plans at Preston New Road but Roseacre Wood on hold. DrlllOrDrop report
Breaking: Lancs community group vows to fight Cuadrilla Lancashire fracking decision + other reaction. DrillOrDropreport
Industry reaction to Lancashire Cuadrilla fracking decision. DrillOrDrop
Key points in government announcement on Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking sites. DrillorDrop report