Britian's Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has overturned the Lancashire council’s decision to prevent shale company Cuadrilla from fracking on the Fylde coastal plain. The Secretary’s decision to grant Cuadrilla’s appeal will allow the company to drill four wells in the county, despite strong opposition from local groups, environmentalists, and politicians. Opponents to Javid’s ruling say that the decision threatens the environment and undermines democracy, as many see this decision as the government overriding the will of local people. Drilling is anticipated to begin in April 2017 and will involve fracking under homes, a first for Cuadrilla. Ironically, the government’s approval of fracking was given a day after the Paris Agreement passed the threshold for ratification. For the full story, see