Fracking decision disregards democracy

I am writing in response to the letter by Tony Raynor regarding the issue of fracking and leaving this to the experts.

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:00 pm
An exploratory fracking drilling rig

Concerns about the environmental impact, including water pollution and adverse health effects, have been highlighted by environmental groups and health professionals because of examples of its negative impact in countries such as Australia, Canada and the USA when licences have been granted to drilling companies involved in the shale gas extraction (fracking) industry.

Why was the report published last year by the UK government about the potential impact of shale gas exploration on rural communities heavily redacted if there was nothing to hide. It was due to pressure by Lancashire County Council that the report in its entirety was made available to Lancashire County Council to help members of their planning committee make an informed decision after being presented with a wide range of evidence.

He states that the risk would be low and capable of being properly managed. Mr Raynor also mentions the environmental agency – how can they effectively monitor all the licensed drilling companies when their staff and budget have been severally cut.

If it is so safe why has MEDACT produced a health based report opposing the industry and in New York state medical professionals were at the forefront of opposing fracking there.

The vast majority of people in the UK do not support fracking yet this Conservative government has supported the industry from the very beginning.

it is sadly no surprise that Sajid Javid has overturned the LCC decision regarding Preston New Road and is minded to do the same with Roseacre. This shows a total disregard for the local communities and their elected representatives.

This government shows no real commitment to green energy or green sustainable jobs at a time when as a country we have ironically signed up to reducing climate change.

After the announcement the Faculty of Public Health, too, called for the Lancashire decision to be reversed.

Petroleum Exploration Development Licences have been granted across East Lancashire and this decision could give the ‘green light’ to these companies.

Jane Wood

Member of KELFF (Keep East Lancashire Frack Free)