Residents voice fracking worries

Meeting of the Roseacre Awarerness Group on the fracking issue. Members with their new Farming not Fracking banners
Meeting of the Roseacre Awarerness Group on the fracking issue. Members with their new Farming not Fracking banners
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Residents are teaming up to frame their objections to a planning application to frack for gas at two locations on the Fylde.

Villagers from Roseacre, Treales and Elswick gathered on Wednesday to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the bids to drill for gas near their homes.

More than 60 people met at the Boys Brigade Hall in Treales to hear presentations from anti-fracking groups.

Cuadrilla Resources, the company which is exploring for gas trapped deep underground in shale rock across Lancashire, has submitted applications to Lancashire County Council for permission to drill up to four wells and test gas flow at sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road, at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.

Barbara Richardson, from the Roseacre Action Group, said the aim of the meeting was to get local people to think about the issue which was about to affect their neighbourhoods.

The group is teaming up with other opponents to draft effective objections to be sent to Lancashire County Council in a bid to get the applications turned down.

She said: “I am surprised at the number of people who haven’t really thought about fracking properly.

“If this goes ahead we will see the industrialisation of the countryside here. Roseacre and Preston New Road are the first, the guinea pigs, and if it is allowed to go ahead here it will spread across the county.”

“It could profoundly affect agriculture and tourism in the area.”

She said presentations at the meeting told how the industry could disrupt country life.

“We will be staging drop-in sessions for villagers to help them put together their objections to go to the county council. There are lots of technical issues to consider.”

Submitting the applications, a Cuadrilla spokesman said: “Cuadrilla has submitted a planning application to Lancashire County Council for its proposed Roseacre Wood shale gas exploration site.

“A detailed Environmental Statement, resulting from the Environmental Impact Assessment produced by Arup, has been submitted with the application.

“Both the ES and the application will be available to the public once validated by the council, which is expected to be within two weeks. Following this, LCC will launch a formal consultation process.”