Greenpeace lead anti-fracking protest outside Lancashire County Council Hall

Protesters give out leaflets and ask residents to sign a petition

Protesters give out leaflets and ask residents to sign a petition

First published in East Lancashire

GREENPEACE led anti-fracking protesters as they demonstrated outside Lancashire County Council’s monthly full meeting yesterday.

As politicians made their way into County Hall Preston they were faced with a ‘Not for Shale’ roadshow.

Greenpeace and other protest groups have persuaded 6,000 residents to sign a petition urging Prime Minister David Cameron to stop fracking.

A further 300 have written to their MPs urging them to oppose legislation allowing firms to drill under people’s homes without their permission.

Greenpeace released the figures as activists targeted the full Lancashire County Council meeting to demonstrate the level of opposition.

Drilling firm Cuadrilla has submitted planning applications to LCC for shale gas exploration at two sites in Lancashire – Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood on the Fylde. A decision is due in October.

Last year a British Geological Survey identified the M65 corridor north of Blackburn through Burnley to Colne and the Rossendale Valley as sitting on shale gas reserves.

Greenpeace energy campaigner Simon Clydesdale said: “The decision over whether to green light fracking in Lancashire will have huge repercussions.

“County councillors face a clear choice.

“Either they open the floodgates to a fracking frenzy that could see vast swathes of this county turned into gas fields, with a devastating impact on the environment and the quality of life of local communities.

“Or they stand up to powerful political and corporate interests and put their communities and the environment first. Thousands are urging them to protect this region from fracking — they should listen.”

County leader Jenny Mein said: “As planning authority we will make our decisions according to the planning guidelines, which allow members of the public significant opportunities to make their views heard.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am in favour of fracking, but I am confident the county council and the Government will ensure when decisions are made environmental concerns will be properly considered.”

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3:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

the beaver says...

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am in favour of fracking. Just crawl back to where you came from nobody is interested in what you have to say. Look at Iraq that's your mess go and sort that out.
Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am in favour of fracking. Just crawl back to where you came from nobody is interested in what you have to say. Look at Iraq that's your mess go and sort that out. the beaver
  • Score: 13

3:49pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

the beaver wrote:
Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am in favour of fracking. Just crawl back to where you came from nobody is interested in what you have to say. Look at Iraq that's your mess go and sort that out.
somehow, I doubt the veracity of what you wrote..
and I'm not a fan of Jack.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I am in favour of fracking. Just crawl back to where you came from nobody is interested in what you have to say. Look at Iraq that's your mess go and sort that out.[/p][/quote]somehow, I doubt the veracity of what you wrote.. and I'm not a fan of Jack. woolywords
  • Score: -6

3:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

However, and that said, since I live in Blackburn; frack Burnley!
However, and that said, since I live in Blackburn; frack Burnley! woolywords
  • Score: -8

3:58pm Fri 18 Jul 14

woolywords says...

YouTube has lots of money, why don't they frack Burnley?
Burnley has a postal address, let's be nice, invite them to, AOL8.0
YouTube has lots of money, why don't they frack Burnley? Burnley has a postal address, let's be nice, invite them to, AOL8.0 woolywords
  • Score: -6

4:41pm Fri 18 Jul 14

andy1 says...

Money talks sadly. Ive seen photos of some of the damage caused by fracking, No thanks.
Money talks sadly. Ive seen photos of some of the damage caused by fracking, No thanks. andy1
  • Score: 6

5:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

phil kernot says...

Noticed how Cameron has changed the law to let fracking go through , because him and his mates in the House of Lords have invested in this before it was put to the people. ,,, now that's massive corruption
Noticed how Cameron has changed the law to let fracking go through , because him and his mates in the House of Lords have invested in this before it was put to the people. ,,, now that's massive corruption phil kernot
  • Score: 9

5:17pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Owd Akela says...

What concerns me is reports of gas coming through the household waterpipes in the USA. I think a VERY open discussion is needed on the pros and cons of fracking and especially with regard to what gases they use to pump the oil out and where does the waste products go, if they don't seep back into the underground. What also worries me is the fragility of shale rock after dirty great big holes are forced into it - I am no expert geologist but common sense tells me that underground holes have to give in sometime - just look at the sink holes in the Yorkshire Dales and holes opening up in roads where mining works have run underneath.
What concerns me is reports of gas coming through the household waterpipes in the USA. I think a VERY open discussion is needed on the pros and cons of fracking and especially with regard to what gases they use to pump the oil out and where does the waste products go, if they don't seep back into the underground. What also worries me is the fragility of shale rock after dirty great big holes are forced into it - I am no expert geologist but common sense tells me that underground holes have to give in sometime - just look at the sink holes in the Yorkshire Dales and holes opening up in roads where mining works have run underneath. Owd Akela
  • Score: 7

8:03pm Fri 18 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Find me a case in America where the claim wasn't from a poor hillbilly looking for money and I will sit up and listen.
Find me a case in America where the claim wasn't from a poor hillbilly looking for money and I will sit up and listen. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -3

4:35pm Sat 19 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

woolywords wrote:
However, and that said, since I live in Blackburn; frack Burnley!
Frack off!
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: However, and that said, since I live in Blackburn; frack Burnley![/p][/quote]Frack off! The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

Fracking in the USA has had a dramatic effect on energy costs for domestic and industrial use. Costs are down as much as 90% in some states - my sister lives in Los Angeles, she's a lefty, a green, a Guardian reader and very suspicious of " big-business " but even she has to admit the huge benefits that fracking has brought to consumers.
Many businesses that moved production to places like China because of lower costs have since relocated the States now costs have fallen so dramatically because of cheap energy thanks to fracked gas.
You must understand where Greenpeace are coming from to understand their opposition to fracking, to nuclear power, to coal and indeed, to all forms of progress.
Notwithstanding the fact that evidence has surface recently to prove that the Russian gas supplier Gazprom has been financing anti-cracking groups
in the hope they will succeed in batting tracking banned so as to increase our dependency on Russian gas, Greenpeace are leftovers from the anti-West, anti-capitalism, anti-American, anti-business left-wing activist movements of the 1960s.
They despise progress, modern society , cars, nice houses, civilisation and really want us to live in caves, eat grass and die aged 30 because there are no medicines because there is no industry and no research, especially research involving fluffy bunnies. They want mankind to die rather than have any effect on THEIR Gaia. They would rather your child die of cancer than allow experiments on animals.
Fracking will create jobs, cheaper energy and energy-security away from totalitarian regimes like Putin's Russia - the very same Russia which was the centre of the old USSR which was the paymaster which financed all the anti-western revolutionary groups from which Greenpeace originated.
Fracking in the USA has had a dramatic effect on energy costs for domestic and industrial use. Costs are down as much as 90% in some states - my sister lives in Los Angeles, she's a lefty, a green, a Guardian reader and very suspicious of " big-business " but even she has to admit the huge benefits that fracking has brought to consumers. Many businesses that moved production to places like China because of lower costs have since relocated the States now costs have fallen so dramatically because of cheap energy thanks to fracked gas. You must understand where Greenpeace are coming from to understand their opposition to fracking, to nuclear power, to coal and indeed, to all forms of progress. Notwithstanding the fact that evidence has surface recently to prove that the Russian gas supplier Gazprom has been financing anti-cracking groups in the hope they will succeed in batting tracking banned so as to increase our dependency on Russian gas, Greenpeace are leftovers from the anti-West, anti-capitalism, anti-American, anti-business left-wing activist movements of the 1960s. They despise progress, modern society , cars, nice houses, civilisation and really want us to live in caves, eat grass and die aged 30 because there are no medicines because there is no industry and no research, especially research involving fluffy bunnies. They want mankind to die rather than have any effect on THEIR Gaia. They would rather your child die of cancer than allow experiments on animals. Fracking will create jobs, cheaper energy and energy-security away from totalitarian regimes like Putin's Russia - the very same Russia which was the centre of the old USSR which was the paymaster which financed all the anti-western revolutionary groups from which Greenpeace originated. Copperhead
  • Score: 3

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