UK is 55 million years too late for fracking to work, says expert

The geology of the UK is unsuitable for fracking and the opportunity of the new energy source has been "overhyped", a geoscience expert has claimed.
HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
The Plastic Whale tour

Giant whale set for trip to resort beach

The world’s largest animal will be ‘swimming’ onto Blackpool Promenade this month as a new ocean rescue campaign makes its debut in the town.

County Councillor Gina Dowding and Fylde resident Nick Danby at the 13-person lock-on at Preston New Road

165 ‘uses of force’ at fracking spot

Police officers at Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, have used force 165 times since the start of July, figures released under Freedom of Information laws have revealed.

County councillor Geoff Driver

Cabinet considers top team shake-up at county hall

Lancashire County Council’s most senior officers could be ousted as the council’s cabinet prepares to consider three proposals for a restructure of the council’s top management team.

Natalie Bennett of the Green Party

. Picture by Julian Brown

Greens arrive to add voice to anti-fracking protest

Green Party activists joined campaigners at the Preston New Road fracking site yesterday to ramp up “peaceful” pressure on the shale gas industry and the government

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Councillors among protesters facing charges over anti-fracking demo

Three councillors have appeared at court charged with offences alleged to have taken place during an anti fracking protest.

Anti-frack protester obstructed highway

Anti-frack protester obstructed highway

A 23-year-old anti fracking protester was found guilty of obstructing the highway following a trial at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Happy Mondays' maracas man Bez on stage at Hacienda Classical for Lytham Festival

Classic tunes from iconic Madchester music scene

Back in the heyday of the house and dance scene, Blackpool was one of the places to be.

Anti-fracking protesters block the road

Fracking war of words escalates

The war of words over fracking was continuing today after calls for action from different sides of the debate.

Robin Watson reported problems, including flooding, at his home in Clematis Drive

Fury over leaky ‘luxury’ homes and flood issues

Residents living in one of Garstang’s newest luxury developments have revealed their ‘horror stories’ from inside their newly built homes.

The drilling rig that will be used to drill the first two horizontal wells to be drilled into UK shale rock has been delivered to Cuadrillas shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road

Anti-frackers cry foul as drilling rig rolls in at 4am

Another day, another fracking controversy.

Police have put a contraflow in place on Preston New Road after protesters staged a carnival

Decision to deliver rig at 4am was Cuadrilla's

The decision to have a rig delivered to a Lancashire fracking site at 4am in breach of planning regulations was ultimately made by Cuadrilla, say police.

An investigation into a suspected breach of planning regulations by fracking firm Cuadrilla has been launched.

Investigation into Cuadrilla over 'breach of planning permission'

An investigation into a suspected breach of planning regulations by fracking firm Cuadrilla has been launched.
Campaigners at the Cuadrilla fracking site enter their third day of protest on top of wagons

Drilling rig arrives at Cuadrilla as protesters enter second day on wagons

The drilling rig that will be used to drill the first two horizontal wells to be drilled into UK shale rock has been delivered to Cuadrilla’s shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Lancashire.
A fracking protester climbs aboard a tanker on Preston New Road

Angry elderly man ‘petrified’ protester

A protester who stood on top of a tanker for 10 hours has been convicted under rarely used labour laws.

Coun Gordon Harter at award winning Kepple Lane Park

Sawn-off tree in park sparks angry backlash

Trustees of Garstang’s Kepple Lane Park have vented their disgust at “mindless vandals” who have destroyed a tree, planted at the front of the community run facility.

Four campaigners are locked on in both sides of the carrigeway between Fracking site and Westby Road.

Delays after lock-on protest at Cuadrilla

A contraflow has been put in place outside the Cuadrilla fracking site this morning following a lock-on protest, say police.
Preston New Road - closed after protesters climbed onto wagons

Preston New Road closed due to fracking protest

Preston New Road is currently closed due to a fracking protest, say police.
Farmers from across the country gathered outside the entrance to Cuadrilla for a protest

Farmers gather at Cuadrilla for fracking protest

Road users in Fylde have faced a day of disruption today following a fracking protest which took place outside the Cuadrilla site in Preston New Road.
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