12 Sep '18, 10am

'Suffragettes' confront Theresa May over fracking of local democracy

Rotherham Borough Council has for the second time turned down an application from the shale oil hopeful INEOS, to drill at Woodsetts on planning grounds. Yet when I joined anti-fracking protectors at the proposed Tinker Lane, near Retford, and Misson, near Doncaster, sites on Monday, there was little celebration. For we’ve long since learned that while Lancashire said no to fracking, as did Rotherham and Derbyshire , neither the fracking companies, nor the government in far-off Westminster is likely to take no for an answer. Six-year battle “Oh, INEOS will appeal,” the locals said, and history shows they are likely right. There was more cheer, however, in events at Tinker Lane. I’d been asked to return there because credible reports suggested that a drilling rig might be arriving on Monday. It’s the subject of an injunction , one of the many attacks we’re seeing on democra...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/sep/12/suffragettes-confron...

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