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Lancashire council votes to reject fracking

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2460

Councillors in Preston, Lancashire, voted against the return of fracking this week.

County council planning officers had recommended they allow gas firm Cuadrilla to frack a site near the village of Little Plumpton.

It would have been the first fracking operation in Britain since 2011 when a Cuadrilla rig near Blackpool —also in Lancashire— was found to be causing earthquakes.

The decision is a setback for the Tories’ plan to roll out the dangerous method of shale gas extraction around Britain. 

It’s also a victory for the protesters who rallied outside Lancashire County Hall on Monday of this week and Tuesday of last week. 

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Tue 30 Jun 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2460
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