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Press release: Lancashire Day celebration event and call to keep county frack-free

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.

ENDS

Notes

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

Public meeting, 3 December, Lancaster

Frack Free Lancashire and Friends of the Earth are organising a public meeting to be held in Lancaster on Wednesday 3 December The meeting, ’Fracking, fossil fuels and alternatives for Lancashire’ will strat at 7.30 pm and will be held at the Lancaster Friends Meeting House, Lancaster LA1 1TX.

Planned speakers include Tina Rothery and a representative from Lancaster University.

All welcome – free mince pies & refreshments!

Join Frack Free Lancashire & FOE in Preston on Lancashire Day – Lancashire is not for shale!

This Thursday is Lancashire Day – a time to come together and celebrate all that is great about this county. It’s also a time to protect what we love, as we know that Lancashire is at risk from plans to frack a large proportion of the county. If fracking goes ahead it will risk contamination of groundwater and pollution of the nearby Ribble Estuary – an important haven for our world-class wildlife.

Frack Free Lancashire and Friends of the Earth be outside County Hall in Preston at midday this Thursday 27 November between 12,00 -2.00 pm to celebrate Lancashire and Say No to Fracking. Please join us!

Our call to keep fracking out of Lancashire is growing stronger, but we need to keep up the pressure. With the spotlight on Lancashire on Thursday, it’s the perfect time to ask the Council to protect it from fracking.

With just a few weeks left before the Council decides on Cuadrilla’s two fracking applications, your continued support can make all the difference. Together let’s show them how much Lancashire has to lose by opening the door to risky fracking.

Whatever you love most about Lancashire, whether it’s Hotpot, Blackpool rock or the stunning landscape, join us to celebrate Lancashire and Say NO to Fracking!

FoE & Frack Free Lancashire events

The following fracking awareness raising events have been organised by Friends of the Earth and various Frack Free Lancashire groups:

  • Friday 28 November: Lancaster Town Centre 1.001-3.00 pm.
  • Saturday 29 November: Accrington 11.00 – 1.00 pm and Burnley 1.30 2.30 pm.
  • Monday 1 Decemeber: Chorley, meet 12.45 pm at Chorley train station.
  • Friday 5 December: Rawtenstall and Rossendale, meet 11.30 am Rawtenstall Library.
  • Saturday 6 December: Accrington and Preston 11.00 am – 3.oo pm.

Further information http://www.stopfrackinginlancs.co.uk

Do you want to hold an event?

RAFF has spoken at lots of events throughout the UK. We’ve also organised many public meetings for residents around Lancashire.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk.