Thousands sign petition urging Lancashire County Council leader to oppose fracking

Anti-fracking protestors demonstrating outside County Hall in Preston at a previous protest
Anti-fracking protestors demonstrating outside County Hall in Preston at a previous protest
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More than 6,000 people have signed a petition calling on the leader of Lancashire County Council to oppose plans for fracking.

Residents from the two villages where fracking is proposed will join with other groups at County Hall to give the petition to County Coun Jennifer Mein.

The petition calls on the leader to say no to fracking, and support “a clean and secure energy future” for Lancashire.

Dorothy Kelk from Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth said: “Over 6,000 people have supported our petition to the leader of the council calling on her to stop fracking in Lancashire before it’s too late.

“Fracking is a risk we don’t need to take with far better solutions for jobs and energy security through harnessing Lancashire’s fantastic renewable energy resources, which would also protect our environment and help tackle climate change.”

Supporters of shale gas claim the industry could create thousands of jobs and give the county an economic boom.

The controversial plans will be discussed by the council next week.