Action group set up over bid to drill for shale gas

Debate: The proposed site near Roseacre
Debate: The proposed site near Roseacre
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A new action group has been formed over plans to drill for shale gas in the Lancashire countryside.

The Roseacre Awareness Group has been created specifically for residents of Rosecare, Wharles and Treales.

Organisers stress it is not a protest group – but members say all the issues have not yet been explored.

Chairwoman Barbara Richardson said: “We want to know how it will impact on our countryside in Lancashire in the long term.

“We have no political agenda – we just want to know the facts so everyone can make an informed decision.”

Cuadrilla plans to “frack” for shale gas at up to four wells at the Roseacre Wood site just 600 yards from Mrs Richardson’s home.

It also has plans to do the same at Little Plumpton. Both plans wil be discussed by Lancashire County Council in the coming months.

Mrs Richardson, of Roseacre Road, said the group was formed two weeks ago following discussions between residents.

She said the group were not “nimbys” or activists, but had serious concerns about the impact of fracking and traffic movement around it.

Mrs Richardson said: “We are not anti-fracking but we do want to ensure our concerns are answered to our satisfaction.”

The group has written a letter to the county council and Fylde Council. Members are also meeting Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

Mrs Richardson said: “Roseacre is a small, tranquil rural hamlet and the area attracts lots of walkers and cyclists. What will it look like when there are several sites flaring gas and HGV’s driving down our narrow country lanes taking away toxic waste?”