Fracking overrule is an affront to democracy

7 October 2016

Thursday’s government decision to overturn the anti-fracking decision of Lancashire County Council sends a chill through democracy across Britain. 

To conduct hydraulic fracturing, companies have to drill deep through the land to possible oil bearing shale and then inject a cocktail of 200 toxic chemicals, injecting maybe 2 million gallons of water per site. 

Companies such as Cuadrilla are after a quick profit but this may be at the expense of the quality of air, water and land, moreso here than even the American experience has shown.

Not only is the health of the environment secondary to this government but clearly democracy is too.

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