Call for investigation into judge who jailed Sheffield man over fracking protest

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An MP has called for an investigation into whether the judge who jailed three anti-fracking protesters last month –including a man from Sheffield – followed an official code of conduct. Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP, has asked three parliamentary questions about the judge who sentenced University … Continue reading

Tory MP says fracking could cost party the next election and ‘the barnacle must be removed from the boat’

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The Conservative Party could lose the next general election unless it drops its support for fracking, an MP and campaigners from the region have warned. North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley, a former oil and gas analyst, said the Government’s … Continue reading

Tropical Butterfly House to host fracking awareness session

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A FRACKING awareness session will be hosted next week by an animal centre about a mile from a proposed drilling site. The Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston will welcome members of Woodsetts Against Fracking on Thursday, March 1, from … Continue reading

Fracking safety fears for former coal-mining areas of Yorkshire taken to Government regulator

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Concerns about the safety of conducting fracking in former coal-mining areas of Yorkshire have been taken to the Government’s regulator in charge of overseeing the development of the shale gas industry. Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron has met with the … Continue reading

The Yorkshire Post says: Fracking focus. A breakdown of public trust

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A RECURRING theme of this newspaper’s week-long investigation into fracking is the mistrust between environmentalists and the energy industry which believes the extraction of shale gas is in the national economic interest. It’s not helped by the secrecy surrounding a … Continue reading