Fracking plans for Wyre villages slammed by county counillor

Councillor Gina Dowding
Councillor Gina Dowding
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A COUNTY councillor has slammed plans for villages on the Wyre border to be potential fracking sites.

Gina Dowding, who is the Green Party representative for Lancaster Central, says “no-one wants it here and the government aren’t listening”.

It comes after the government announced that it is granting fracking exploration licences for more local areas, including Cockerham, Forton and Dolphinholme.

And Coun Dowding says the government should be looking for “better options” in its search for renewable energy sources.

She said: “The government isn’t listening to local people, because we’ve made it clear we don’t want fracking here. They should be looking at renewable energy sources and not this which has so many negative effects. We need something that is sustainable for the future and money should be spent on exploring better options. Fracking is a huge risk to the people’s health, water and the environment.”

No licences have yet been allocated but will be on offer to oil and gas companies later this year. Companies would then have to apply to Lancashire County Council for permission to drill. The council rejected fracking company Cuadrilla’s application in June.