30 Jun '15, 12pm

Is fracking now doomed in the UK?

Is fracking now doomed in the UK?

Fracking is not an easy sell in the UK, and it just got a lot harder. In a surprise decision, local county councillors in Lancashire, England just voted to reject plans for the UK's first full-scale fracking operation on a site at Preston New Road. This decision came despite vocal support from the UK government, and recommendations from local planners that the project be approved. And it followed hot on the heels of another decision to reject drilling at Roseacre Wood, which planners recommended rejecting based on traffic concerns. Local protesters were obviously overjoyed at the outcome, which was better than many of them could have hoped for. But the ramifications are much broader than simple local politics. In fact, this may be a sign that fracking just can't work in regions as densely populated as the UK. It's a point I touched on before in an article about why frackin...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-policy/fracking-now-doom...

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