But the decision isn’t as clean-cut as that. He upheld a decision to disallow fracking at another site, nearby.
So, do the Tories actually have some reasonable criteria stating where fracking may be carried out?
Or is it just that a party donor lives near the other site?
What do we think?
Tory Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to fracking in Lancashire, overruling the local council’s decision to block it.
Fracking company Cuadrilla was initially denied permission to drill in Preston New Road, following more than 18,000 objections from locals.
Lancashire County Council blocked the plan over concerns about noise and traffic impact.
But the firm appealed against the decision with former Communities minister Greg Clark stepping in.
Today the Government announced they were to overrule the council, and green-light drilling at the site.
The decision to block drilling at a second site, Rosacre Wood, near Kirkham, was upheld.
Fracking in the UK was suspended in the UK after early drilling in Blackpool caused Earth tremors.
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