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Lancashire MP defends decision not to allow fracking

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Following the decision of Lancashire County Council to reject the fracking planning application at the Little Plumpton site, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says that they made the right decision:

Lancashire County Council members took a brave decision but ultimately the right decision for the residents and communities of Lancashire.

Being opposed to fracking and having voted for a moratorium I wholeheartedly support this decision.

No doubt this is not the end of the fight. It is important that residents’ voices continue to be heard over the interests of big business. I will continue to work to work with local residents and campaign groups opposed to fracking.

– West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

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Pro fracking advocate expresses disappointment

Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy and an outspoken international fracking advocate and proponent voiced disappointment at today’s decision by Lancashire Council, although only likely a temporary delay in the UK adopting fracking.

I'm truly amazed at Council's decision today, but I can see their dilemma. They have the facts from multiple sources that this could be done safely, yet they drive past well organised and very vocal protests on their way into the meeting and obviously emotion prevailed over fact.

Since last Thursday, when the councillors deferred to reflect on legal advice, fracking has continued on many wells in the U.S. without incident, yet here they were just considering two very highly-monitored situations...

Lancashire has for now passed on reaping the vast economic benefits of mineral development, as numerous communities in the U.S. have done in recent years, and is going against Government wishes to diversity the UK’s energy supply and reduce reliance on gas imports and dirty coal for electricity generation.

I am sure Cuadrilla will appeal both this and last week’s decisions and the Planning Inspector is bound to have a more pragmatic view of these applications, more in line with national policy and the national interest.

– Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy

Greenpeace: LCC decision 'Waterloo defeat' for fracking industry

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.

Cuadrilla's defeat should trigger a reality-check from a government that has staked so much of Britain’s energy future on this controversial industry.

In the year where the world is coming together to find a solution to our fossil fuel problem, we should be trying to harness the potential of clean energy and efficiency instead of deploying risky techniques to squeeze more polluting gas from under our feet.

– Daisy Sands, Greenpeace campaigner

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Chamber of Commerce 'disappointed' by fracking decision

The North and Western Lancashire Chamber Of Commerce have expressed disappointment at the decision made by Lancashire County Council to reject a bid by the energy firm Cuadrilla to explore for Shale Gas at the preston New Road site.

Although it is disappointing that councillors have gone against the recommendation of planning officers, we hope this is not the death knell for this industry in Lancashire.

In turning down this proposal, councillors appear to have ruled with their hearts, rather than their heads, and ignored the reasoned arguments of those with genuine expertise in this industry.

Our hope is that this decision will be appealed and that the appeal will be successful, otherwise what is certain is that fracking will go ahead elsewhere in the UK and Lancashire will miss out on thousands of jobs and massive economic benefits.

– NWLCC chief executive Babs Murphy

Lancashire County Council rejects fracking bid

Protestors against fracking gather outside Preston County Hall Credit: PA

Lancashire County Council have rejected a bid by Energy giant Cuadrilla to start exploration work at a site in Little Plumpton.

Last week officials rejected a bid for Rosacre. Lancashire County Council voted unanimously in favour of rejecting the proposal by Cuadrilla because of the impact of increased traffic particularly of HGVs on local roads.

Decision expected on second fracking site in Lancashire

A decision is expected to be made on weather fracking can take place at a site in Lancashire.

Energy giant Cuadrilla want's to start exploration work at Little Plumpton, and top planning officials recommend it does go ahead despite opposition from residents.

Fracking was suspended in the UK in 2011 following earth tremors in Blackpool where Cuadrilla previously drilled.

Protestors against fracking gather outside Preston County Hall Credit: PA Images

Last week officials rejected a bid for Rosacre. Lancashire County Council voted unanimously in favour of rejecting the proposal by Cuadrilla because of the impact of increased traffic particularly of HGVs on local roads.

Keep up to date on the debate here.

Councillors refuse application for fracking at Roseacre Wood site

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Councillors in Lancashire have refused an application for a proposed fracking site at Roseacre Wood.

Lancashire County Council voted unanimously in favour of rejecting the proposal by Cuadrilla because of the impact of increased traffic particularly of HGVs on local roads.

The planning committee had recommended the council reject the proposal last week.

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