Lancashire: Fylde council votes to oppose fracking

18th September 2014
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Welcoming Fylde Borough Council’s decision late on Wednesday (17 September) to oppose plans by fracking firm Cuadrilla’s to drill and frack at two local sites in Lancashire, Friends of the Earth’s north west regional campaigner Helen Rimmer said:  “It’s fantastic that the council has listened to environmental concerns and the overwhelming majority of local residents and is opposing these applications. Lancashire County Council must now stand up to fracking firm lobbying and refuse permission.

“Authorities in southern England have said no to fracking, so we’re delighted Fylde council are against Cuadrilla’s plans for the ‘desolate north’ too.

“Lancashire should be leading the way in developing the UK’s huge clean energy potential, not desperately punching holes in the countryside to help keep the UK hooked on dirty fossil fuels.”

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Notes to editors:

1. The council’s development management committee has been recommended to object to Cuadrilla’s application to drill at Preston New Road at Westby and at Roseacre Wood.

2. The final decision on Cuadrilla’s applications will be taken by Lancashire County Council later this year.

3.    Last year Conservative peer, Lord Howell, who was energy secretary from 1979 to 1981 and is the father-in-law of Chancellor George Osborne. said “Fracking should be carried out in the North East of England, where there are large, “desolate” areas.” | BBC,

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