Around 10 campaigners dressed as workers from fracking company “Frack & Go”
have erected a large fracking rig and surrounded it with an 8 foot high
fence just outside the chambers’ main entrance. A soundtrack of drills,
trucks and industrial plant is playing at volume as councillors enter
Frack&Go is the same drilling company that took over the Chancellor’s village green in Tatton earlier this year. (1)
Development Control Committee that will ultimately grant permission for
drilling in Lancashire is meeting inside County Hall today, with
Lancashire widely seen as the test case for whether fracking goes ahead
nationally. Yesterday Cuadrilla announced their intention to restart
operations in Lancashire at the end of this month, after earthquakes
caused them to delay for over a year.(2)
“Cuadrilla is proposing to invade
precious parts of Lancashire with trucks, drills, flares and chemicals.
They’re even planning on drilling under people’s homes without
permission,” said Preston resident and Greenpeace supporter Liz Stanton
from the site. “This is a case of big, rich companies exploiting the
county for their own gain and leaving locals with very little. County
councillors must say no.
this isn’t just an issue for Lancashire - fracking is a huge concern
nationally and Lancashire councillors should understand that their
decision has national significance. If they give Cuadrilla the green
light that will be seen as paving the way for fracking across the UK.”
activity follows correspondence from Greenpeace’s Executive Director
John Sauven, which last week went to every member of the Development
Control Committee, as well as Council leader Jennifer Mein, Liberal
Democrat leader Bill Winlow and Conservative leader Geoff Driver (3).
company Cuadrilla has already applied to extend planning permission to
drill at sites at Banks and Singleton, and has announced it intends to
drill and frack an additional six sites next year.
experts agree fracking in the UK will make little or no difference to
people’s energy bills, yet it risks industrialising swathes of
Lancashire countryside, and has been associated with water
contamination, earth tremors and reduced house prices,” said Ms Stanton.
was caught on tape earlier this year admitting that UK shale gas will
have a “basically insignificant” impact on bills, and conceding that
“well integrity” and “traffic” are big issues in Lancashire (4) “I
was just up in Lancashire looking at different sites the other day….
these are little roads and you have to be sensible about it,” company spokesman Mark Linder told a Greenpeace campaigner.
Carter, Greenpeace Energy Campaigner: “We don’t need to be digging up
and burning more fossil fuels. Studies show that the UK can run on clean
energy; that we can generate thousands of jobs doing so, and that it
will be cheaper for consumers over time. The North West has the
potential to be a leader in green energy – more than 26,000 people are
already employed in clean energy – fracking is a very real threat to
For video and images of the activity, please contact the Greenpeace UK picture desk on: 020 7865 8118 or email@example.com
For a full Greenpeace briefing on fracking, go to: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/document/shale-gas-briefing-feb-2013
spokeman Mark Linder speaking in May to a Greenpeace campaigner at a
drop-in session for concerned residents in Balcombe, Sussex: http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1428831/utter-fucking-bullshit-2.mp3