Greenpeace has launched a legal challenge to fracking in England, in a move it says could halt “reckless and presumptuous” plans for shale gas extraction across the country.
It made the announcement at a joint press conference in Lancashire with people whose homes are in the firing line of potential fracking sites, including people from Balcombe.
Eve McNamara, resident near the Banks site in Lancashire where Cuadrilla plans to drill: “I’m joining the legal block because fracking will be an absolute disaster for Lancashire. I’ve tried every other method, but the Government and Cuadrilla are just ploughing ahead. I hope sense will prevail and the industry will leave, so the North West can concentrate on renewable energy.”
Andrew Pemberton, Lancashire dairy farmer: “I’m supplying milk to 3,000 households, and if for any reason my water became contaminated, my business would be ruined and my livelihood destroyed, as well as the livelihoods of the 16 families who work for me. Fracking is dangerous and short-sighted. We should be keeping this gas in the ground.”
Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said: “This country pioneered subsurface infrastructure.
“All of our existing subsurface underground rail, water, gas, telecommunications and electric development has historically succeeded in legal coexistence with surface property rights.
“Newer technology such as geothermal energy and carbon capture and storage will also have to negotiate this. We are confident that new subsurface shale development that safely offers energy security, skilled jobs and community benefits will in due course be no different.”
For more on this story see Tuesday’s Lancashire Evening Post