Natalie Bennett: Why fracking is Yorkshire’s number one environmental challenge

ONE environmental issue stands out in Yorkshire: fracking.

Through rain and snow and biting cold, the people of Kirby Misperton and their supporters have been showing their determination to ensure that their community isn’t fracked.

So when making a list of hopes for 2018, I’ve got to start with a ban on fracking in England.

That feels achingly close, given that the people, from Balcombe to Barton Moss, Upton to Marsh Lane, have demonstrated very clearly that they don’t want this extreme technology, and in the six years since Blackpool fracking caused earthquakes, the industry has got precisely nowhere.

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