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WWF reacts to the defeat of the Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners at the High Court

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Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Energy and Climate at WWF commented on the High Court decision 

“This government is keen on people having the final say on wind farms, but not so much when it comes to fracking.  This decision clearly flies in the face of the will of local people in Lancashire. Their voices have been loud and clear on this issue - that unconventional oil and gas are neither good for people nor the planet - and this view has been woefully ignored. Rather than fracking, the UK Government needs to focus investment in innovative, low carbon technologies to provide for our energy needs.

“They really have to set out how we will reach the UK’s emissions targets – they need to publish their plan to reduce emissions. Fracking will not help us reach these carbon targets – in fact, it hinders it, by opening up a new source of fossil fuels when what we most need to do is leave most of the world’s remaining gas, coal and oil in the ground.”


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