Fracking: a letters special
Following yesterday’s fracking report, the Evening Post has been inundated with responses to plans for shale gas extraction in Lancashire. Here are just some of the letters.
I have seen first hand the impact on local people near to my village that fracking has had, even though it hasn’t even started yet !
Some of my customers have had their properties, ( some extremely desirable ) for sale for considerable lengths of time and also reduced them by considerable amounts but to no avail.
The common consent is that people are scared and extremely wary of fracking and to some point very un-trusting of Cuadrilla.
For me this is one of the many points why fracking shouldn’t be allowed to go ahead. If people were completely convinced by the whole fracking process, from the environment to the energy savings to the job prospects, then why on earth are some of my customers still stuck trying to sell there properties at hugely discounted prices?
Andy Jackson , Tarleton
Follow Welsh and Scots lead
I write to call for a moratorium on fracking as implemented by the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments.
Lancashire is no less deserving of equal treatment to reduce damage to minor roads and infrastructure and disruption to rural communities, risk of contamination of groundwater and subsequent destruction of the agricultural industry, where producers would not be allowed to supply major supermarkets with produce.
The resultant scars to the landscape in huge numbers in contrast to conventional oil extraction would be a constant reminder of the industrialisation of ‘the desolate north’ a phrase used by those trying to promote fracking.
Brian Young, Halsall
Think of future first on shale
I am a Lancashire resident and I write on behalf of my daughter (aged nine) who has begged me to do all I can to stop fracking.
How can we allow the destruction of our environment simply for the profit of energy companies such as Cuadrilla? We should subsidise green energy, not fracking. The water destroyed by the fracking process is never able to be recovered and the huge quantities of our water polluted by fracking may not easily be cleaned.
How can we justify polluting water for fracking when the same financial investment could provide clean energy and clean water?
Elizabeth Halsey, Preston
We are not the UK’s turbine
Regarding the recent moves by Cuadrila to start fracking in our area.
Here in the Rossendale valley our moorland has become a forest of wind turbines which have scientifically proved to be uneconomical, I do not want Lancashire as a whole to become some sort of mass energy market for southern companies.
In my area in the past we have suffered the poisoning of a reservoir by quarry works. I know what industrial rape of our countryside can do when you add our somewhat plentiful rainfall to disturbance of the substrata.
Fracking is not a proven science in England, America has recently proved links to earth tremors and fracking. Once the chemical water is pumped into the ground these companies have No control over what happens to it.
The norh west must not suffer for the gain of rich southern companies.
John Walker, Whitworth
Where will the lasting jobs be?
Claims fracking would create thousands of jobs are based on guess work.
Friends of the Earth say the number of jobs in Lancashire would fall to under 200 only three years after work begins, and both sites would result in just 11 net jobs each.
Government-funded experts admitted in November 2014 that fracking won’t make energy bills any cheaper.
Fracking needs a lot of infrastructure. More roads are necessary to move the equipment, gas, oil and chemicals around the country - and to shift the tonnes of toxic waste. The sites also need drilling rigs and wells to be built. This could all result in lots of noise and traffic.
John Elsby, Hoddlesden
Public does not support shale
I just wanted to clarify the position of many Lancashire residents - most of us do not support fracking, an important issue our MP of Lancaster and Fleetwood is very much aware of.
I know you get support from independent lobbyists but please bear in mind that residents are very much opposed to it. We value our environment, our planet and our future too much!
Childhood days at the seaside
This photo (see above) reveals Peter Pan’s Pool in Southport Promenade taken on July 16 1935. My sister Olive, sadly deceased in November 2014, is seated fourth from the left, with a friend from Manchester Edward Braddock, she was born in Southport and moved to Preston in 1937 with my parents.
In later years, in my teens, I was allowed to cycle to Southport many times in the school holidays and weekends to stay with my aunt and uncle in Churchtown.
Perhaps this photo, taken before the Second World War, will revive happy memories for many, who like myself visited Peter Pan’s after my sister in the 1930s with my parents.
I recall lovely warm lengthy summer days fun and fresh air on the seafront.
The prices of Peter Pan’s being three pence and six pence on most rides. Happy days indeed, now so distant, but the memories remain forever.
John Siddall, Fulwood