Lancashire Day celebration event and call to keep county frack-free
For immediate release: Tuesday 25 November
Contacts: Helen Rimmer 07940 006783, Jane Thomas 07714 076049 (Friends of the Earth)
Photo opportunity 12-1pm Thursday 27 November, outside County Hall, Preston
Resident groups from across Lancashire are gathering outside County Hall, Preston, on Thursday (27 November, noon) to celebrate Lancashire Day and call on politicians to protect the future of the county by supporting a Frack Free Lancashire.
The Frack Free Lancashire alliance of over thirty community groups (1) will be highlighting Lancashire’s unique environment, natural heritage and local economy that are at risk from fracking.
Drilling company Cuadrilla has applied to drill and frack eight wells at two sites in rural Fylde (2), and have promoted proposals for 4000 wells in the Bowland shale in the county (3).
Pam Foster from Residents Action on Fylde Fracking said:
“Lancashire offers some of the UK’s finest scenery and our coastline attracts millions of visitors every year. The combined estuaries of the region are recognised as being one of the most important assemblies of estuaries in Europe for migrating birds.
“All of this is under threat from the ‘dash for gas’. The Government’s determination to press ahead with fracking in our area threatens tourism, agriculture and our environment with industrialisation and pollution. We need to protect our beautiful county by keeping shale in the ground and pursuing a renewable energy policy that will create jobs and protect not just Lancashire’s environment but that of the whole country.”
Barbara Richardson from Roseacre Awareness Group, which is opposing plans for fracking in Roseacre village, Fylde, said:
“We are very proud of our county and its wonderful heritage particularly our thriving tourism and agriculture sectors. We are privileged to live in a such wonderful area with such beautiful countryside and variety of wildlife. This is why our group strongly oppose Cuadrilla’s plans to extract shale gas from beneath our feet and turn our precious countryside into the largest gas field in Western Europe. We need to protect our environment and the people who live here and believe clean renewable energy sources are the way forward not dirty fossil fuels.
“We choose to live here because of all that is good and we will do all we can to protect what we hold most dear. We want everyone to enjoy this day by celebrating everything that is good about Lancashire from the stunning fells to Blackpool Tower, hotpots and black puddings!”
Jane Wood from Burnley Friends of the Earth and Keep East Lancs Frack Free said:
“Lancashire Day is a time to celebrate the best of our heritage but look to the future too. We want our county to have green jobs resulting in sustainable growth which will benefit our communities and environment, not the threat of shale gas extraction which is the opposite of this positive vision.”
The groups will be joined by a 15 foot tongue-in-cheek puppet monster Mr Frackhead and a ‘Frackometer’ fairground-style game.
1. Frack Free Lancashire groups: http://frackfreelancashire.org.uk/cms/?page_id=2
2. Cuadrilla has applied to drill and frack four wells each at two sites, in Roseacre village, and near the village of Little Plumpton. The applications are due to be decided in the new year by Lancashire County Council. They are the largest scale fracking applications in the UK so far.
3. A Cuadrilla-funded report from the Institute of Directors uses a scenario of 4000 wells in the Bowland Shale: http://www.iod.com/influencing/press-office/press-releases/new-iod-report-getting-shale-gas-working