Lancashire County Council urged to look at US fracking report

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Cuadrilla Resources near Preston, Lancashire on 26th of August, 2011. Fracking Stock

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Cuadrilla Resources near Preston, Lancashire on 26th of August, 2011. Fracking Stock

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Anti-fracking campaigners have welcomed the publication of a report into the environmental risks of fracking in New York state.

The report was seven years in the making and was published by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation. It highlights risks including air impacts which could affect respiratory health, drinking water impacts from underground migration of methane or fracking chemicals, surface spills affecting soil and groundwater surface water contamination, and seismic risk.

Pat Davies, chair of the Preston New Road Action Group, said the report should be considered by Lancashire County Council when deciding on Fracking in Roseacre.

She said: “The council is duty-bound to consider carefully the findings of this report, as the evidence and facts it contains show clearly why Lancashire should turn this application down.”

A Cuadrilla spokesperson said: “Much of the content the New York report relied on has proved unreliable and furthermore many of the points raised would not be applicable to Lancashire. It is also worth noting that already 15 New York state towns that are dismayed at the proposed decision to ban fracking have threatened to secede from the state and join neighbouring Pennsylvania where the economy is booming as a result of the investment and jobs which fracking has brought. Scaremongering and misinformation may win out in New York but we can’t allow that to happen in Lancashire. Developing natural gas from shale can and will be done safely and securely, resulting in jobs and economic benefits for the area as well a much needed indigenous energy supply to reduce our ever growing reliance on gas imports.”