Opposition to fracking grows

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Many people are involved in local campaigns to protect the NHS, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty.

The EU is secretly negotiating a trade deal with the US which would affect all of these issues and more. If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is agreed, it will give big business the right to sue the UK government over legislation that they believe might reduce their profits.

This would mean a future UK government could be sued for trying to return the NHS to full public ownership. It would make a freeze on energy prices, proposed by some politicians, difficult if not impossible to achieve.

And it would lead to a fracking boom, as more and more ‘fracked’ gas is imported into Britain. Awareness of the dangers of the deal is growing, and groups like the World Development Movement are coming together to oppose it.

Katherine Gault

St Helens