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(7,470 posts)
Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:34 PM Nov 2019

Fracking banned in UK as government makes major U-turn

Source: The Guardian

The government has banned fracking with immediate effect in a watershed moment for environmentalists and community activists.

Ministers also warned shale gas companies it would not support future fracking projects, in a crushing blow to companies that had been hoping to capitalise on one of the new frontiers of growth in the fossil fuel industry.

The decision draws a line under years of bitter opposition to the controversial extraction process in a major victory for green groups and local communities.

The decision was taken after a new scientific study warned it was not possible to rule out “unacceptable” consequences for those living near fracking sites.


The decision has been welcomed as a “victory for common sense” by green groups and campaigners who have fought for almost a decade against the controversial fossil fuel extraction process.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/02/fracking-banned-in-uk-as-government-makes-major-u-turn

This is HUGE!!
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Fracking banned in UK as government makes major U-turn (Original Post) mysteryowl Nov 2019 OP
Kicked and recommended. Uncle Joe Nov 2019 #1
Congrats, this is great, big news! appalachiablue Nov 2019 #2
"a victory for common sense". SergeStorms Nov 2019 #3
This is interesting BumRushDaShow Nov 2019 #4
Good news! Thanks lunasun Nov 2019 #5
Thank heavens for that! Gumboot Nov 2019 #6


(19,208 posts)
3. "a victory for common sense".
Sat Nov 2, 2019, 01:42 AM
Nov 2019

Unfortunately common sense isn't anywhere near common in the U.S. The red states where fracking is at epidemic proportions will one day rue the day they ever heard the word, 'fracking'. Then they'll want a Democratic administration to clean up their mess.


(130,542 posts)
4. This is interesting
Sat Nov 2, 2019, 07:31 AM
Nov 2019

as I had alway grown up learning that Great Britain was pretty much a huge island of coal (which helped to power the earliest steam ships and of course electrification). And there were recent articles at how they finally reached a point of having had a week that was "coal free" for the first time in a century.

I missed that they apparently started fracking too (probably as a replacement for the general winding down of coal use there).


(531 posts)
6. Thank heavens for that!
Sun Nov 3, 2019, 10:20 AM
Nov 2019

A huge relief that Lancashire won't be turned into a replica of Oklahoma or Front Range Colorado, after all.

Congrats to all the campaigners who faught this tirelessly, over the last several years.

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