Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas. With drilling companies last week buoyed by North Yorkshire county council’s 7-4 vote in favour of Third Energy’s plans to drill in Ryedale despite fierce local opposition, women leaders in Lancashire and Kent as well as North Yorkshire say they are prepared for action as a year-long lull in the fracking war ends. New protest camps could be set up, and major demonstrations and legal challenges can be organised quickly, said Rothery, one of a group known as the Nanas – several dozen mothers and grandmothers who successfully opposed energy company Cuadrilla’s application to frack in Lancashire.
Observer 29th May 2016 read more »
The petrochemical giant Ineos has moved its fracking operation from Scotland to England amid frustration at the Scottish Government’s failure to back the controversial gas extraction technique. Scotland on Sunday has learned that the multinational has informed Scottish ministers of its decision which has been made to take advantage of fracking opportunities south of the Border.
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