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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A victory for some lovers of wildlife (and the woods and water they depend on)....

Cuadrilla has been the target of sustained protests, with thousands of anti-fracking campaigners shutting down the company's headquarters, their PR company and their drill site in Balcombe in August.

"The UK's only company engaged in fracking is closing one of its five exploration sites, citing environmental concerns about wintering birds. Cuadrilla will abandon its exploration of the Anna's Road site in Lancashire and restore it to green fields. The site was acquired in 2009 and opened in 2011. But the company's permission to explore there was dependent on its impact on migrating birds, including pink-footed geese and whooper swans. It is the latest in a series of setbacks for the company, which is the only business to have used modern hydraulic fracturing technology on British soil. Fracking has been associated with air and water pollution, radioactive waste and the despoliation of vast tracts of land, as well as methane emissions, in the US, where it was pioneered. Regulators in the UK say laws in the UK are much tougher than in the US."