Arrests made as Government sneaks out fracking go-ahead
The Tories have been slammed after sneaking out a green light for fracking in Lancashire on the last day of parliament in order to avoid scrutiny.
The fracking application was rejected in a vote by Lancashire County Council, but this decision was overturned by then Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
Six people were arrested as fracking began yesterday, after the protesters chained themselves to the fence of the site and refused to leave. Energy Secretary Claire Perry claimed that all the necessary safety checks had been carried out, but Environmental Groups were highly critical of the process.
Liz Hutchins from Friends of the Earth pointed out the irony of allowing fracking to take place in the middle of a heatwave, describing the UK as a ‘tinderbox’. She added that:
“A go-ahead for fracking, leaving the door open on dirty coal and scuppering renewables – this has been the government’s parting gift as they take off on holiday.
“Sneaking these unpopular decisions out at the eleventh hour shows a brazen disregard for people everywhere suffering from climate chaos.
Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, slammed the government for their decision, stating:
“In a clear case of the Tories versus the people, the Government are pushing ahead with fracking at Preston New Road riding roughshod over the opposition of local people and a previous ruling by the local council.
“Overwhelmingly people don’t want to take the unnecessary risk with fracking, to our natural environment and the purity of our water.
“Labour will ban fracking, instead committing to building our renewables sector and sourcing 60% of our energy from clean, green sources by 2030.”