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Former UK Greenpeace Director Leads Pro-Shale Campaign

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The Blackpool Gazette

Campaigners who want to see a shale gas industry developed on the Fylde coast held a candle lit vigil at Blackpool Tower.

The Backing Fracking event at Blackpool Tower

The Backing Fracking event at Blackpool Tower

They said they were highlighting the ‘loss of Lancashire’s pioneering spirit’ after Lancashire County Council’s refusal of planning permission for test fracking at Little Plumpton near Preston New Road and Roaseacre.

Seasoned environmental campaigner and former Greenpeace boss, Stephen Tindale, addressed the gathering and told them that shale gas could help to tackle climate change.

Standing below the iconic Tower, with placards and banners sporting pro-fracking slogans, 40-50 local shale gas supporters marked the loss of the pioneering spirit that first brought gas lighting and power to Lancashire 200 years ago.

They said they were frustrated that local decision-makers appear to be squandering the opportunity to now lead the shale gas revolution.

Organised by Backing Fracking, the event was attended by members of Blackpool Fracking for a Better Future and also joined by a small delegation of supporters that travelled across from North Yorkshire.

Stephen Tindale said: “The first thing I want to say is that it’s part of the solution to climate change. It’s not ‘the’ solution, but I think we need to get away from technology tribalism, which is a problem the whole of the ‘green’ movement suffers with. We need to take achievable steps if we want to get to renewables. We can’t just wave a wand and say we’re going to be there tomorrow.

“Gas is the greenest fossil fuel. It’s less damaging than coal – it’s less damaging for the climate and it’s less damagingfor air pollution.”

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