Labour whips have just said that MPs have voted to allow fracking under National Parks and other protected areas. They say the result was 298 in favour and 261 against, a government majority of 37. The vote approved the government’s Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015. […]
In this Fracking Week in Westminster: Ministers make changes to planning policy in statements on shale gas and oil Lisa Nandy asks: Does the government have a plan to keep the lights? Cat Smith asks: Did the government discuss the release of the full version of the rural […]
West Sussex responds to charge of ignoring its own motion on oil and gas applications with Balcombe decision
2nd May 2014 West Sussex County Council has issued a statement in response to charges that it ignored its own motion on approving oil and gas developments when it gave the green light to Cuadrilla’s plans at Balcombe.
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The trial of the first environmental campaigners arrested outside Cuadrilla’s drilling site at Balcombe heard this morning (8/1/14) how a peaceful protest became chaotic as police began arresting people. Eleven campaigners deny obstructing the highway on July 26th last year by sitting on a log in the entrance […]
West Sussex County Council confirms it is asking the remaining anti-fracking campaigners outside Cuadrila’s Balcombe site to go home. The designated protest area established outside the site last month has been removed. The council says it wants to reinstate the protest area because it is concerned about the […]
Update to Timeline – September 2013 16/9/13 West Sussex County Council fails in its attempt in the High Court to get an order to evict campaigners from the roadside at Cuadrilla’s exploration site at Balcombe. The court adjourned the case, ruling that there was a need to balance obtaining […]