Op-Ed: When the Tory government of the UK fails to get its own way it changes the rules and that applies to fracking.
Changes include fracking under your own home without permission and overruling local council decisions that do not give out fracking licences.
When members of the House of Lords rained on Chancellor Osborne's austerity parade by refusing to pass into law child tax credit cuts the Tories decided it was time to re-think the powers of the Lords. When the same government learned a UN panel had ruled in favour of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s freedom they chose to ignore the decision.
And on it goes and goes as in the curious case of fracking.
Why the curious case? Well fracking has proved a mixed blessing in countries such as the USA with the cost of cheap energy a costly one for communities to bear.
In Lancashire resident's lobbied local politicians in a bid to stop fracking coming to their region and the council responded.
In June Energy firm Cuadrilla was refused fracking licences at two sites in Lancashire. Following the normal state of affairs in such matters it was the local council that refused the frackers.
But as we commented in November 2015 'a free and fair democratically elected government is a wonderful thing but not perfect.'
In late November Tory Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark put the boot in to ensure that local councils would not be able to refuse fracking licences in the future by informing Lancashire County Council that central government will decide whether or not to refuse fracking demands.
Tuesday Cuadrilla's appeal against the council decision in Lancashire gets underway and protesters are out in force.
BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show Tuesday ran a report which highlighted that some of those in Lancashire keen to get the green light on fracking have dubious links to Cuadrilla. Cuadrilla's response was predictable and vague.
Suspicions that government ministers pushing for fracking have more to gain than cheaper energy fail to go away.
Frack Free Lancashire has organised protests and has this to say;
Lancashire could prove important as it will be a test case for fracking across the UK.
With earthquakes reported after initial fracking tests you have to wonder what the government is playing at.
As always we would say "if fracking is safe lead by example by getting the ball rolling on Royal Estates, under parliament, under Buckingham palace and on the country estates of the elite."
While anti fracking campaigners are sometimes accused of being NIMBYs, not in my back yard, who the hell would want fracking close to their home?
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Greenpeace join in the protest but down in London where close to parliament they erect a bogus fracking rig.