FRACKING LATEST: ‘Our fight against Cuadrilla goes on’

Fracking protesters gather outside Lancashire County Council, as the Council's Development Control Committee were due to decide whether to grant Cuadrilla's request to defer the go-ahead for two new fracking sites. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Fracking. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Fracking protesters gather outside Lancashire County Council, as the Council's Development Control Committee were due to decide whether to grant Cuadrilla's request to defer the go-ahead for two new fracking sites. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Fracking. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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Anti-fracking campaigners said today the adjournment of Cuadrilla’s applications was “disappointing”.

Friends of the Earth’s North West campaigner Helen Rimmer said: “We are disappointed that Councillors have granted a deferral when Cuadrilla have had several months to present their case, which Lancashire’s planning officers have found to be unacceptable.

“While a further delay is another setback for Cuadrilla – its manipulation of the planning system has created more uncertainty for communities whose health and environment are at risk from controversial fracking.

“Lancashire council must resist Cuadrilla’s ploys to push fracking through and listen to the tens of thousands of voices of opposition and reject these plans. Failure to do so will leave Lancashire as the UK’s guinea pig for this unnecessary and polluting technology.”

A spokesman for the pro-fracking North West Energy Task Force spokesperson said:“The North West Energy Task Force understands why the Development Control Committee has voted to defer its decisions.

“We also recognise the frustration of those who wish to see decisions taken, including those who wanted to support the proposals.

“It is important that the new information on noise and traffic is now fully assessed by the Council and the public can have their say on the remaining issues around truck traffic and noise. The NWETF firmly believes the natural gas from shale industry can play a crucial role in the revival of the North West economy.”