Responding to news that the government has overturned Lancashire county council’s rejection of a fracking site, paving the way for shale company Cuadrilla to drill in the county, Molly said:

“If the frackers think this green light in Lancashire will allow them to trample over our precious environment in the South West they should think again. I know local communities won’t stand for seeing some of our most fragile and treasured landscapes become exposed to the noise, air, light and water pollution that fracking would bring. They also understand that such landscapes are crucial in protecting wildlife and a rural economy heavily reliant on tourism.

“The government needs to pay attention to a range of environmental and economic experts who oppose fracking but also listen to local people who do not want their local landscapes trashed and health threatened by this dinosaur industry.

“It is mind-blowing that this announcement comes in a week when the European Parliament ratified the Paris Agreement on tackling climate change. Fracking and a dash for gas are incompatible with the commitment to holding global temperature rise to under 2 degrees.

“I was worried this unelected Prime Minister was side stepping democracy, now it seems she is running straight over it. Theresa May has no democratic mandate of her own and continues to force through policies that are damaging our environment, the economy and local communities. So much for the slogan: ‘Take back control'”.

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