Reader’s letters - Monday December 22, 2014

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America
Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America
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Barren oil fields of county

It just takes a few seconds to reflect on the natural beauty of Lancashire that we all take for granted. Open lush green fields, crystal clear waters, urban fringe woodland, natural wildlife habitats, beautiful coastlines, all within a bus or bike ride from anywhere in Lancashire. Isn’t that a legacy you would like to leave to your children and grandchildren? Wouldn’t it be nice to say we left them with clean air and unpolluted water, uncontaminated land and a long and healthy future to enjoy it? Now is the time to leave that legacy.

Within weeks you may lose that right forever. As the fracking industry rolls out its campaign, our councillors are charged with making the most important decision to face Lancashire since the industrial revolution.

Many of us are not aware of the facts behind hydraulic fracking and the risks we face: earth quakes, pollution of ground water, destruction of wildlife habitats, known risk of breast cancer, birth defects, heavily contaminated waste waters that far exceed the national safe working limit on almost every chemical constituent. These are facts taken from a recent publication of medical journal the Lancet.

Several wells have already been drilled in Lancashire and the surrounding areas. Only one was fracked on the Fylde and that caused earthquakes and had to be abandoned.

The industry is unregulated. The two appointed regulators, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive, have insufficient knowledge and people to regulate this industry, yet the frackers are blindly forging ahead and using Lancashire as their test ground.

With a promise of only eight jobs, fracking offers no positive advantage to the people of Lancashire. Generating the same energy with solar would more than double the already 10,000 people employed locally in the renewable energy sector.

Hydraulic fracking will bring significant increases in heavy traffic to our roads.

We have insufficient waste handling capacity in Lancashire, so heavily contaminated waste will be hauled around by road.

To achieve the levels of shale gas that is being suggested means there will be thousands of wells throughout Lancashire, continually flaring off gas and contaminating the air we breath.

Be under no illusion, if the industry is successful on obtaining consents to frack, we will all be living in barren wasteland of oil fields within ten years, while the fat cats get rich on our misery.

Your home will be worthless, you and your children will be at risk of illness from contamination, there will be no lush green fields or crystal clear water, you won’t want to buy locally contaminated produce, the wildlife habitats will eventually die back and who knows what contamination our coastlines will suffer.

I don’t want to live in a barren oil field, do you?

Please stop the fracking industry.

Talk to your councillor, write to Lancashire County Council. Visit the Friends of the Earth website and add your name to the 10,000 strong movement that’s opposing fracking in Lancashire.

Don’t let the frackers ruin your children’s future, don’t let them poison our beautiful county.

You have a voice, please use it.

Jasber Singh, Lancashire resident

Your local views are essential

To allay any fears that residents may have over my stance on the Eccles Moss application for 14 holiday chalets, I would like to make it clear my position is to represent the views of residents.

I attended the meeting of Goosnargh Parish Council in November. I listened to the proposals and the comments of the parish councillors. However, planning notices had not been timely displayed and residents had not had the opportunity to comment.

I have since had the deadline for submissions extended to January 9, and I would urge you to make your views clear to the planning department. I can assure you your concerns will be voiced.

Our precious green fields are disappearing all too quickly and we are under threat once again.

Coun Lona Smith, Preston Rural North

Born pre-1940s and surviving


(for those born before 1940...)

We were born before television, before penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, videos and the pill.

We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ball-point pens, before dishwashers, tumble driers, electric blankets.

Air conditioners, drip-dry clothes ... and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together (how quaint can you be?) We thought ‘fast food’ was what you ate in Lent, a ‘Big Mac’ was an over-sized raincoat and ‘crumpet’ we had for tea.

We were before day care centres, group homes and disposable nappies.

For us ‘time sharing’ meant togetherness, a ‘chip’ was a piece of wood or fried potato, ‘hardware’ meant nuts and bolts and ‘software’ wasn’t a word.

Before 1940 ‘Made in Japan’ meant junk, the term ‘making out’ referred to how you did in your exams, ‘stud’ was something that fastened a collar to a shirt and ‘going all the way’ meant staying on a double-decker bus to the terminus.

In our day, cigarette smoking was ‘fashionable’, ‘grass’ was mown, ‘coke’ was kept in the coalhouse, a ‘joint’ was a piece of meat you ate on Sundays and ‘pot’ was something you cooked in.

‘Rock music’ was a fond mother’s Lullaby, ‘Eldorado’ was an ice cream, a ‘gay person’ was the life and soul of the party, while ‘aids’ just meant beauty treatment or help for someone in trouble.

We who were born before 1940 must be a hardy bunch when you think of the way in which the world has changed and the adjustments we have had to make.

No wonder there is a generation gap today ... but by the grace of God we have survived.

Mrs E M Hothersall, Fulwood

Apology for anyone I hurt

I would like to apologise publicly and sincerely to anyone I have hurt or embarrassed recently. I have developed bipolar disorder and it is a serious illness. Unfortunately I say and do things that I don’t know of until afterwards when told of by someone else. Once again I apologise, especially to Ken Powrie.

Sheila Wiganall, Longridge