Lancashire

Government gives the go ahead to fracking in Lancashire

Last edited 6 October 2016 at 9:38am
6 October, 2016

Sajid Javid has overruled Lancashire Council’s decision to reject fracking at two sites in Lancashire. He has given the go ahead for drilling exploration to start at the Preston New Road site but it has been reported drilling will not be allowed at the other site for now. However, the Secretary of State's ruling is giving Cuadrilla more time to prove their case at the Roseacre site, and says that he is minded to allow planning permission for fracking there in the future.

Over 150,000 stand with the people of Lancashire in opposing fracking

Last edited 14 June 2016 at 10:26am
14 June, 2016
Campaigners from Lancashire will today be joined by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth to deliver a 150,000-strong petition calling on the Government to respect Lancashire’s decision to reject fracking.

Local campaigning groups Frack Free Lancashire, Preston New Road Action Group and Roseacre Awareness Group will also be joined by Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith, who says fracking has no “democratic mandate” in Lancashire, following the local council’s decision to prohibit the controversial practice.

Join us in Lancashire for a rally to say NO to fracking

Posted by Richard Casson — 2 February 2016 at 3:31pm - Comments
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Last year our movement to stop fracking won a huge victory when Lancashire council voted against Cuadrilla’s bid to drill for shale gas. But now ministers in David Cameron’s government have recalled the decision, meaning that very soon the council could be overruled -- and fracking could be given the go ahead.

Strong majority of UK public slams government flood plans

Last edited 28 January 2016 at 9:54am
28 January, 2016

A strong majority of the UK public thinks the government is not spending enough on flood defences and should do more to prevent future flooding, according to a new survey by YouGov.

The findings are published this morning as flood-affected people and campaigners have started installing an artwork opposite Parliament displaying hundreds of testimonies from communities affected by the recent floods.

The stories gathered by Greenpeace include distressing accounts of parents carrying their children out of flooded buildings, older people trapped in their homes, and businesses being wrecked by floodwater. There are also passionate appeals to David Cameron to step up his government’s flood prevention plans in the face of the growing threat from climate change.

Greg Clark: The man behind Lancashire’s fracking furore

Posted by Hannah Martin — 13 January 2016 at 11:36am - Comments
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In the coming months we'll find out if fracking will be allowed in Lancashire. Even though in June last year the local county council voted against shale gas drilling, David Cameron's Westminster government has since intervened and decided that one minister - Greg Clark - will have the final say.

From the Fracking Frontline: Bob Dennett on Lancashire’s historic rejection of fracking

Posted by LiamBB — 1 July 2015 at 9:08am - Comments
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill
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Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrilla

After Lancashire County Council unexpectedly rejected Cuadrilla’s application to frack at Preston New Road on Monday, I wanted to hear a bit more of the story from someone at the frontline of this monumental decision. Bob Dennett is a co-founder of Frack Free Lancashire. He told me a bit about the story that led to Monday’s campaign win, and the fight that still lies ahead.

Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill

Cuadrilla's defeat a Waterloo for fracking industry - Greenpeace

Last edited 29 June 2015 at 10:51am
29 June, 2015

Commenting on today's decision by Lancashire County Council to turn down Cuadrilla's application to frack at a second site in the region, Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaignre Daisy Sands said:

“This decision is a Waterloo for the fracking industry and a triumph for local democracy. It's also a huge boost for efforts to kick the UK’s addiction to dangerous fossil fuels. Lancashire councillors deserve huge praise for standing up to the relentless pressure from the fracking lobby and their minister friends. Their decision sends a powerful signal to other councils that the fracking juggernaut can indeed be stopped.