Breaking: new consultation on Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking plans

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A statement from Lancashire County Council released within the past few minutes says there will be a new public consultation on Cuadrilla’s two planning applications for exploratory gas wells in the Fylde.

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Fracking debate reveals fracturing support for government’s shale policy

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The government was warned this morning it risked losing the support of Lancashire conservatives unless it strengthened regulation of fracking and improved the benefits of shale extraction for local people.

During an adjournment debate on fracking, MPs accused ministers of “bowing down too easily” to the financial interests of oil and gas companies and of promoting regulation that was not “fit for purpose”.

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Lewes Lib Dem MP Norman Baker warns that the claims made for fracking have been exaggerated, and the downsides underplayed.

Norman Baker

Norman Baker MP for Lewes, East Sussex has tabled a debate for Tuesday 25th November in Westminster Hall at the House of Commons.

The theme for this debate is Fracking and he has said his focus is “I am highly sceptical about the value of fracking and believe it has lots of downsides”

Norman will say that fracking:

  • Risks derailing the major investment in renewables now occurring
  • Requires unacceptable quantities of fresh drinking water, putting a strain on resources, especially in the south-east
  • Presents a major challenge to efforts to tackle climate change, especially through methane emissions, but also through the extraction of shale oil, likely in the south east
  • Will threaten protected areas and leave the countryside pock-marked
  • Generate large numbers of lorry movements down unsuitable roads
  • Cannot meet the claims made for it in terms of extraction rates
  • Is generally losing public support

He will call for…

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