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Campaigners meet with Sajid Javid about fracking bid

Bromsgrove Editorial 16th Sep, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

MEMBERS of a local fracking group met with MP Sajid Javid today (Friday)  to discuss the impact of shale extraction in Lancashire after an energy firm made a controversial appeal to frack the area.

 

Group member Jenny Thatcher of Alechurch said: “Because of Sajid’s role as a minister he was unable to discuss any specific fracking applications. But we are grateful to him for meeting with us and hearing our concerns. We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with our MP on this vital issue.”

The Bromsgrove and Redditch Against Fracking group are calling on the government to respect Lancashire Council’s decision and reject an appeal from energy firm Caudrilla to mine for shale gas.

In his newly appointed role as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Mr Javid is due to announce whether to overturn Lancashire Council’s decision by next month.

Local Green Party spokesperson Alistair Waugh said: “This could easily be about plans for an unwanted development in Tardebigge and Beoley.

“Fracking in Lancashire would cause enormous worry to communities there. Hundreds of lorry journeys down country lanes, millions of gallons of polluted water, noise and gas-flaring at night.

“We wouldn’t want it here, why should they put up with it? Government needs to respect a local council’s decision, rather than railroading people with a dodgy industry that no-one wants.”

 

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