Fracking has been banned across the UK with immediate effect!

The one active site here was closed in the summer due to the earthquakes it was causing, but other sites were being explored.

This is a victory for protestors!

It remains to be seen whether this fracking ban is simply a strategic move by the Conservative government to try to hang on to environmentally conscious voters. It's a little suspicious that the ban has come days after announcing an election...

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@puffinus_puffinus the way the bbc reported it, it’s not actually a ban it’s just ‘suspended’. I think they went into a bit more detail further down the article

@becky hmmmm. That's disappointing. A lot of people irl have been saying similar things.

@puffinus_puffinus @becky

if the UK persists with fracking and becomes financially dependent on the gas/oil etc as has already happened in the Netherlands, *this* is what people will have to endure..

@vfrmedia @puffinus_puffinus wow I didn’t know much about fracking in relation to NL before.

The older I get the more I understand my nan saying “interfere too much and nature will take back what’s hers”

@becky @puffinus_puffinus ahhh so it's another 'moritorium', similar to what we have in Scotland.

Not a ban, just a pledge to not renew/allow new ones

@GreenandBlack @puffinus_puffinus yeah they’ll be hoping the dirty lefties will be confused and will vote for them again as the new green party I reckon

@puffinus_puffinus @becky @GreenandBlack
The hilarious thing was it was supplied first to the Guardian so they could splash it on the front page as a BAN and bury the detail.
Always happy to undermine Corbyn, them.

@priryo @becky @GreenandBlack yeah, they fooled me. Not that I'd vote Tory anyway, obviously, but the story itself seemed positive.

@puffinus_puffinus And a victory for Russian gas exporters, unfortunately. Without fracking we will continue to be dependent on them. But that is the trade-off the protesters have made - it won't really affect the amount of gas burned, only the source of that gas. #fracking #protest #oil #uk

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