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    Shale gas company Cuadrilla should not be permitted to develop sites in northwestern England. Harmful noise and a road traffic increase are listed as possible negative consequences of fracking.

    Nicola Sturgeon reacts as she is formally announced as the new Scottish National Party (SNP) leader at the party conference in Perth November 14, 2014
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    MOSCOW, January 21 (Sputnik) — UK officials delivered a report Wednesday recommending the Lancashire county council reject the development of two new fracking sites due to potential health hazards to local communities, The Guardian reported.

    According to the report, shale gas company Cuadrilla should not be permitted to develop the Preston New Road site in northwestern England because noise would “unnecessarily and unacceptably” affect local residents. Another development plan, of the Roseacre Wood site, was recommended to be rejected because it would cause of an increase in road traffic.

    The council’s development control committee will make a decision for the two sites next week, after consideration of planning authority recommendations.

    As fracking is widely considered to be dangerous for the environment, the British Geological Survey stated it would monitor air quality, underground activity and seismic movements in the area, in the case that permission is obtained.

    Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique for the extraction of shale gas through the high-pressure injection of a toxic fluid mixture deep underground. Fracking fluid contains water mixed with sand and several carcinogenic chemicals including uranium, radium, methanol, mercury and lead. As a result of the fracking process, these toxic materials have been proven to leak into and contaminate groundwater.


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