Longridge Against Fracking has joined 16 other Lancashire groups in Blackpool to launch Frack Free Lancashire, an alliance which has come together to fight the threat from fracking company Cuadrilla.
Three members of LAF attended the Environment Agency Consultation at Wesham last week and were “appalled and alarmed” to discover that Cuadrilla would be “policing itself” in the testing of air quality, radioactive drilling muds and radioactive flowback water.
Member Maggie Gartley said: “We believe that people need to be made aware of this in order to push for tighter regulation.
“We can be contacted by email at longridgeagainst firstname.lastname@example.org and there is an abundance of information on our Longridge Against Fracking facebook page.”
Planning applications for drilling sites at Preston New Road at Singleton, Little Plumpton and Roseacre are now with Lancashire County Council. Cuadrilla intends to drill thousands of wells on the Fylde with the risk of air and water pollution, widespread now in the USA.
Fracking has only ever been done once in the UK and, it is claimed, resulted in the Preese Hall earthquakes of 2011.
Longridge Against Fracking will be running two stalls this Saturday, July 5, at the craft fair in the civic hall and also at Goosnargh and Longridge Show the same day.
A petition to Lancashire County Council against the development of the Preston New Road site will be available for signing at both events and the group will be giving out campaign materials and information.
As well as this petition the public has opportunity to put in objections to the Environment Agency. The closing date for observations is next Tuesday, July 8.
The LAF group meets every Tuesday evening at 8pm in the Towneley Arms and new members would be made very welcome.