Government plans to force fracking on English communities

Activists with sign saying no to dirty fracking, yes to clean solar

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Local people's input to decisions about fracking in England could be restricted to the colour of the gates according to a leaked letter written by Government Ministers.

The letter details plans to take decisions on fracking away from local councils and hand it to the Secretary of State by declaring fracking sites nationally significant projects.

The Government has already said Westminster will make the final decision on whether fracking happens in Lancashire. But if the plans in the letter were put in place fracking could be forced on anywhere in the England.

The Government knows this is an unpopular idea – the letter says the result could be “undermining public support” for fracking.

It would be breaking David Cameron's promise to listen to the voices of local people on fracking.

The leak comes just days before the start of the public hearing into Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire County Council’s rejection of two fracking applications. The hearing will recommend whether the decisions are upheld, but the Government has already decided it will make the final decision on this.

Tens of thousands of people have already signed our petition to David Cameron, asking him to keep his promise that local people will have a voice in fracking applications and respect Lancashire Council’s decision.

Fracking goes against everything we need to do to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees as was agreed at the Paris Climate Talks.

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