Lancashire Fracking Decision: Sajid Javid Overules Council To Say Controversial Drilling Will Take Place At Preston New Road

The process – in which liquid is pumped deep underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release gas – remains controversial, with many protesters turning out for the public inquiry.

Pat Davies, Chair of Preston New Road Friends of the Earth Action Group, said:

“This is a sad day as it is clear to all that this government neither listens nor can it be trusted to do the right thing for local communities.

“It is deplorable that an industry that has been rejected on every level has inflicted itself on Preston New Road.

“Westby Parish Council, Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council planning committee all said no to this application. These reasons were based on facts and knowledge, they rejected the site as unsuitable.  

“Dismantling the democratic process to facilitate a dirty fossil fuel industry when only months ago the UK committed to climate change targets in Paris is another example of saying one thing and doing another.

“Profit clearly comes before people. This decision will be scrutinised by many, not just the people of Lancashire and this travesty of justice will not be accepted. This is not the end. We will challenge this.”

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