Fracking permits ‘need serious scrutiny’

Photo Neil Cross'The anti-fracking protest at County Hall, Preston

Photo Neil Cross'The anti-fracking protest at County Hall, Preston

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Anti-fracking campaigners have hit back after the Environment Agency granted permits to both proposed fracking sites in Lancashire.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Helen Rimmer said: “These permits will need serious scrutiny because of the high environmental risks of fracking including air pollution, climate change and the creation of huge amounts of toxic wastewater.

“Ultimately it is for elected councillors to decide whether Lancashire becomes the UK’s fracking guinea pig.”

County councillors have yet to meet to decide Cuadrilla’s bids to frack at two sites in the Lancashire countryside.