Protesters say no to fracking plans

Campaigners in Lancaster City Centre over fracking plans
Campaigners in Lancaster City Centre over fracking plans
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Local campaigners took part in the ‘Global Frackdown’ event at the weekend to raise awareness on the impacts of fracking.

Members of North Lancashire Friends of the Earth cordoned off an area of Market Square in Lancaster to inform residents of the controversial process of extracting gas trapped in rocks deep underground.

The local environment group also held a stall where people could sign objection letters for two major applications for fracking in Lancashire.

Drilling company Cuadrilla has applied to frack eight wells in the Fylde, and Lancashire County Council will be making a decision on the plans later this year. The Government is also licencing large parts of North Lancashire for onshore oil and gas, which could lead to fracking.

Steve Dealer from North Lancs Friends of the Earth and a Lancaster resident said: “We’ve had a great response in Lancaster to the Global Frackdown, a day of action against fracking with hundreds of events across the world.

“North Lancashire is only one of many areas around the world living under the threat of being fracked.

“Communities in the Fylde are currently facing the prospect of 24 hour drilling and flaring and risks to their environment and health.

“We want Lancashire County Council to say no to dirty fracking and back clean energy such as solar, wind, tidal and energy efficiency, which would boost the local economy and create thousands of jobs.”

Energy firm, Cuadrilla recently won a court order to stop campaigners trespassing on land near to sites where it had plans to drill for shale gas.

Lancashire County Council will be making a decision on the plans later this year.

Global Frackdown Day is an internationally coordinated day of action against the fracking industry.