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Tom Bawden: Cheap gas – the benefits and dangers

Every week somewhere in the world new evidence surfaces that confirms our worst fears about the environmental dangers of fracking.

Exclusive: Ministers slammed over fracking

Earthquakes, poisoning fears, demonstrations, but still no top-level talks on suspect gas technique

Blackpool striker Matt Phillips walks off with the match ball under his shirt after scoring a hat-trick against Fleetwood

Holloway leads a love-in at friendly Fylde derby

Fleetwood Town 1 Blackpool 5

Fancy a dip? It depends where you live

As winds of up to 90mph battered Scotland and the north of England yesterday elsewhere in the UK was enjoying some of the balmiest December weather for decades.

Fracking link to pollution may scupper use in Britain

Britain's fledgling shale gas industry could be stopped in its tracks after dramatic new evidence established a link for the first time between the "fracking" technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks and water pollution.

Poisoning link threatens future of fracking

US study casts doubt on controversial shale gas extraction process – as Government considers allowing its widespread use here

Shale threat to carbon target

Widespread exploitation of the huge reserves of shale gas under Lancashire could force the Government to scrap its targets for reducing carbon emissions, a report suggests today.

Exclusive: Fracking company - we caused 50 tremors in Blackpool – but we're not going to stop

Gas drilling not a threat, says energy company

Dominic Lawson: Forget wind power, let's dash for gas

When, during the recessionary 1970s, commercially exploitable oil reserves were discovered in the North Sea, the sense of national relief – exuberance, even – was palpable. Here was not just the possibility of a new British industry, but also the prospect of fuel for businesses and homes delivered from our own backyard rather than that of the King of Saudi Arabia or the Shah of Iran.

Brian Viner: Let's hear it for autumn – my favourite season of all

Some may mourn, but our writer explains why, for him, the pumpkin-soup mug is always half full

Would you dare to look down on Blackpool?

Christopher Hirst marvels at the 'Skywalk' freshly installed at the top of the Tower

Revamped Blackpool tower reopens

Blackpool Tower reopened to the public today following a 10-month multimillion-pound refurbishment.

County round-up: Son of Blackpool grateful for the sun as Lancs shine

Lancashire fans have been known to have the odd grumble about the elements over the years – usually something along the lines of how rain has deprived them of winning the County Championship since they shared it in 1950 – but the weather gods smiled upon the Red Rose yesterday.

Protesters dressed as builders post banners on Blackpool Tower

Two men were arrested yesterday morning for putting 500m banners on Blackpool Tower to protest against nearby gas extraction.

Blackpool tower protesters arrested

Two men have been arrested after putting up banners on Blackpool Tower to protest against a method of gas extraction, police said.

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How to survive a Twitter mauling

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

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The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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