East Lancashire fracking protest planned

Anti-fracking protests at Cuadrilla site in Balcombe

Anti-fracking protests at Cuadrilla site in Balcombe

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

LANCASHIRE and the North West should benefit from national interest and pioneer the controversial process of shales gas fracking, according to peers.

But campaigners in East Lancashire are already gearing up for one of their first major demonstrations against the underground energy source.

Leaders of the House of Lords’ economic affairs committee have even called for a task force to be established to push forward investigations.

Two sites on the Fylde coast have been pinpointed by shale gas exploration companies and the Lancashire Telegraph revealed in December how a number of sites along the M65 corridor could be licensed for fracking.

Lord MacGregor said: “The committee strongly supports the Government’s decision to go ‘all out for shale’.

“But here in the UK we have not yet left the starting gate. Developing a successful shale gas and oil industry in the UK must be an urgent national priority.”

The peer has talked of redoubling efforts to win over the public in the North West after his committee conducted a six-month study into fracking – and insisted environmental concerns over water use, methane leaks and tremors are not serious.

Greenpeace has dismissed the Lords’ report as ‘cherry-picking’ evidence in support of shale gas fracking.

Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace UK, said: “Fracking is a non-solution – it won’t deliver for many years, if ever.”

Frack Off Burnley, will be demonstrating at the bandstand in St James Street, Burnley, tomorrow, with speakers from the Socialist Workers Party, stalls and music acts, from 1pm to 4pm.

The newly-established East Lancashire Against Fracking also took part in the town’s May Day parade, handing out leaflets and manning a stall in Towneley Park.

A petition against fracking, addressed to all East Lancashire councils, is at www. change.org.

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:06am Sat 10 May 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

This is fracking good news for the local economy if successful after all the Americans are reeling in the wealth but no dought the happy clappers and green brigade will be up in arms over such a move.
This is fracking good news for the local economy if successful after all the Americans are reeling in the wealth but no dought the happy clappers and green brigade will be up in arms over such a move. .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: -2

9:39am Sat 10 May 14

LottieSpencer says...

All the scare stories got to me at first. I followed their links to their scare sites and it shook me up too. After reading more I feel much more at ease. They are basically just pulling any negative story from anywhere in the world and holding it up saying it means the whole thing shouldn't happen. You really have to stretch the information to get that far, which is what they do.

This will be a great thing for our local area. They have closed their ears to everyone they disagree with, but if you actually listen to the companies they are going to do this with as little impact as possible minimising all affects. The protesters are causing more trouble than fracking ever will, which is what they want.
All the scare stories got to me at first. I followed their links to their scare sites and it shook me up too. After reading more I feel much more at ease. They are basically just pulling any negative story from anywhere in the world and holding it up saying it means the whole thing shouldn't happen. You really have to stretch the information to get that far, which is what they do. This will be a great thing for our local area. They have closed their ears to everyone they disagree with, but if you actually listen to the companies they are going to do this with as little impact as possible minimising all affects. The protesters are causing more trouble than fracking ever will, which is what they want. LottieSpencer
  • Score: 0

11:18am Sat 10 May 14

Izanears says...

Fracking's for GASHOLES!
Fracking's for GASHOLES! Izanears
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Sat 10 May 14

POW WOW says...

Here's a clue ............. Huncoat power station.
Here's a clue ............. Huncoat power station. POW WOW
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Sat 10 May 14

A Darener says...

How about the power companies refusing the supply of gas and electricity to all the protestors. After all they don't want it producing so why should they benefit from it.
How about the power companies refusing the supply of gas and electricity to all the protestors. After all they don't want it producing so why should they benefit from it. A Darener
  • Score: -7

4:02pm Sat 10 May 14

phil kernot says...

If we get this wrong it's our future generations that will suffer and because you read somthing in the paper you think its safe god you are gullible to think that ,, fracturing will put all the filtered poisons in the water table , and what will happen then can't turn the clock back can you all for the sake of a quick fix ,,, it's banned in most of America for that reason. ,, But what do you care ,,,, all I can see is selfish greedy people that will gain ,,,,, have you noticed how if. Won't be tried ist in the wealthy areas ist no try it on the poor people ist as thay don't matter ,,,,
If we get this wrong it's our future generations that will suffer and because you read somthing in the paper you think its safe god you are gullible to think that ,, fracturing will put all the filtered poisons in the water table , and what will happen then can't turn the clock back can you all for the sake of a quick fix ,,, it's banned in most of America for that reason. ,, But what do you care ,,,, all I can see is selfish greedy people that will gain ,,,,, have you noticed how if. Won't be tried ist in the wealthy areas ist no try it on the poor people ist as thay don't matter ,,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Sat 10 May 14

phil kernot says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
This is fracking good news for the local economy if successful after all the Americans are reeling in the wealth but no dought the happy clappers and green brigade will be up in arms over such a move.
Noticed how you you used the word if,, and what if your greed bites you on the **** and it poisons the water ,,,
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: This is fracking good news for the local economy if successful after all the Americans are reeling in the wealth but no dought the happy clappers and green brigade will be up in arms over such a move.[/p][/quote]Noticed how you you used the word if,, and what if your greed bites you on the **** and it poisons the water ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Sat 10 May 14

A Darener says...

Unlike the Americans that dispose of the waste water by pressure drilling it in the ground thereby possibly contaminating the area. The British system removes the contaminated water to dispose of in a safer manner. Which doesn't contaminate the local water table.
Unlike the Americans that dispose of the waste water by pressure drilling it in the ground thereby possibly contaminating the area. The British system removes the contaminated water to dispose of in a safer manner. Which doesn't contaminate the local water table. A Darener
  • Score: -2

6:09pm Sat 10 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

It would probably be too many jobs for the area were are they going to get the workers from.
It would probably be too many jobs for the area were are they going to get the workers from. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -2

9:06pm Sat 10 May 14

jenkinsroy says...

we seem to have a split on this matter some say frack some say do not frack
so the best way is to all them that want to frack it should be done in thire
gardens then it is there mess to clean up not our .
And when it comes to getting the gas out the government will step in
and take over sell it to the company that is fracking it out of your garden then
they will sell it back to you at the same price as we pay for gas now.
So this mean you have fracking in your garden no cheap gas crap all over
for what nothing .?
Then there is us people who do not want the fracking for health reasons
environmental issues and all the bloody mess all over and the countryside looking like a **** all .
We know the government will not have it in there backyard why.?
because they know how much damage it does to the environment and do not want it outside their home .
But they will take the money that the company will give them for the gas
and sell it back to us at the same price .
They should just start with 1 fracking hole in the country and let us all see
what it will do to our environment /the /mess/ and the water supplies
and all the gas out of that gas hole should be stored here in this county
and sold at the cheap rate to all people in the U.K.
then after about 12 mouth we can see for ourselves the good and the bad
points and then let us all vote on whether we want the fracking to cover
the county .??
We all know that we must look forward to the years ahead for gas but
it is important that we get it right NOW and not rush into it just for
money like this government seem to want to do .
THIS IS WRONG TRY 1 LET US SEE IT WORKING FOR 12 MONTHS
USE THE GAS AS WELL FROM THE GAS HOLE FOR US HERE
AND LET US SE IF THE BILLS COME DOWN OR NOT.?/
THEN WE NOT JUST THE GOVERNMENT WILL VOTE ON TO KEEP FRACKING OR NOT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO TEST AND KEEP
EVERY BODY HAPPY NOT JUST TO FORCE IT ONTO PEOPLE .
we seem to have a split on this matter some say frack some say do not frack so the best way is to all them that want to frack it should be done in thire gardens then it is there mess to clean up not our . And when it comes to getting the gas out the government will step in and take over sell it to the company that is fracking it out of your garden then they will sell it back to you at the same price as we pay for gas now. So this mean you have fracking in your garden no cheap gas crap all over for what nothing .? Then there is us people who do not want the fracking for health reasons environmental issues and all the bloody mess all over and the countryside looking like a **** all . We know the government will not have it in there backyard why.? because they know how much damage it does to the environment and do not want it outside their home . But they will take the money that the company will give them for the gas and sell it back to us at the same price . They should just start with 1 fracking hole in the country and let us all see what it will do to our environment /the /mess/ and the water supplies and all the gas out of that gas hole should be stored here in this county and sold at the cheap rate to all people in the U.K. then after about 12 mouth we can see for ourselves the good and the bad points and then let us all vote on whether we want the fracking to cover the county .?? We all know that we must look forward to the years ahead for gas but it is important that we get it right NOW and not rush into it just for money like this government seem to want to do . THIS IS WRONG TRY 1 LET US SEE IT WORKING FOR 12 MONTHS USE THE GAS AS WELL FROM THE GAS HOLE FOR US HERE AND LET US SE IF THE BILLS COME DOWN OR NOT.?/ THEN WE NOT JUST THE GOVERNMENT WILL VOTE ON TO KEEP FRACKING OR NOT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO TEST AND KEEP EVERY BODY HAPPY NOT JUST TO FORCE IT ONTO PEOPLE . jenkinsroy
  • Score: 0

6:53am Sun 11 May 14

Excluded again says...

We need more energy because of rising demand and we need more energy security so we cannot be held to ransom by Putin turning off the gas.

The three home grown energy choices are fracking or more renewables or both. The other option is to accept the lights going out from time to time.

So the best choice you have is between having fracking near you or renewables. And it may have to be both.
We need more energy because of rising demand and we need more energy security so we cannot be held to ransom by Putin turning off the gas. The three home grown energy choices are fracking or more renewables or both. The other option is to accept the lights going out from time to time. So the best choice you have is between having fracking near you or renewables. And it may have to be both. Excluded again
  • Score: -1

10:34am Sun 11 May 14

jenkinsroy says...

Excluded again says
you do not have to bother about Putin turning off the gas
you have only to ask this government why they are saying the
light will go out this will not happen in our lifetime O.K.
NOW YOU HAVE stopped worrying think about this.?
What is this government big ongoing project can you remember.?? NO
WELL I will tell you HS2 the train and what does the train run on YES
YOU GUEST IT ELECTRICITY this is why they want fracking all over
the county but not in their backyard so they can pass the power to
the train company at a reduced rate to them they are NOT doing it for
our benefit but for the power to run there train services THAT THEY ALL IN GOVERNMENT HAVE A PIECE OF THE PIE IN RUNNING IT NOW
So as I say here the fracking is not for our benefit but the government
ask them by this I mean ask your local M.P. to put this question to
the house on wednesday and ask the priminister the following
1 IS THE MAD RUSH TO FRACK ALL OF A SUDDEN SO YOU CAN
LAY THE POWER CABLE NOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEY WILL BE
POWER FOR THEM WHEN YOU START YOUR FRACKING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BUT NOT IN YOUR BACK YARD.?
2 AND IS IT YOUR INTENTIONS TO SELL THE GAS ON TO OVER
COUNTY IN EXCHANGE FOR ELECTRICITY TO POWER YOUR TRAINS
YES OR NO WILL DO AS AN ANSWER IF HE GET ONE AT ALL OF THE
PRIME MINISTER .
YOUR comments where O.K. but you must look into all the things that are
going on here and all the damage that will be do in your neighbourhood
and my neighbourhood we MUST ALL GET TO VOTE ON WEVER TO
FRACK OR NOT THEN IF IT ALL GOES WRONG ALL THEM THAT VOTED YES ARE TO BLAME AND CANNOT COMPLAIN THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE NOT LIKE THIS GOVERNMENT WANT TO DO IT
FRACK ANY WHERE AND SOD THE LOCALS AND THERE
COUNTRYSIDE WE IN THIS GOVERNMENT HAVE TOO MUCH INVESTED TO BOTHER WHAT YOU LOT OUT THERE SAY THIS IS
HOW THIS GOVERNMENT WORK NOW AND WILL CONTINUE TO
AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN POWER .?
THERE RICH AND WANT TO GET RICHER AND THIS IS ALL THEY ARE
BOTHER ABOUT NOW MONEY MONEY MONEY AND SOD THE COUNTY AND ALL IN IT .
SORRY TO SAY THIS IS WHY SOME OF US ARE AGAINST THE FRACKING O.K. WE OUT HERE WILL NOT BENEFIT AT ALL AFTERALL
WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO GO ON THE TRAINS ANY
WAY IF IT EVER GET UP THIS END OF THE COUNTY LANCASHIRE
PENDLE AREA O.K.
Excluded again says you do not have to bother about Putin turning off the gas you have only to ask this government why they are saying the light will go out this will not happen in our lifetime O.K. NOW YOU HAVE stopped worrying think about this.? What is this government big ongoing project can you remember.?? NO WELL I will tell you HS2 the train and what does the train run on YES YOU GUEST IT ELECTRICITY this is why they want fracking all over the county but not in their backyard so they can pass the power to the train company at a reduced rate to them they are NOT doing it for our benefit but for the power to run there train services THAT THEY ALL IN GOVERNMENT HAVE A PIECE OF THE PIE IN RUNNING IT NOW So as I say here the fracking is not for our benefit but the government ask them by this I mean ask your local M.P. to put this question to the house on wednesday and ask the priminister the following 1 IS THE MAD RUSH TO FRACK ALL OF A SUDDEN SO YOU CAN LAY THE POWER CABLE NOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEY WILL BE POWER FOR THEM WHEN YOU START YOUR FRACKING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BUT NOT IN YOUR BACK YARD.? 2 AND IS IT YOUR INTENTIONS TO SELL THE GAS ON TO OVER COUNTY IN EXCHANGE FOR ELECTRICITY TO POWER YOUR TRAINS YES OR NO WILL DO AS AN ANSWER IF HE GET ONE AT ALL OF THE PRIME MINISTER . YOUR comments where O.K. but you must look into all the things that are going on here and all the damage that will be do in your neighbourhood and my neighbourhood we MUST ALL GET TO VOTE ON WEVER TO FRACK OR NOT THEN IF IT ALL GOES WRONG ALL THEM THAT VOTED YES ARE TO BLAME AND CANNOT COMPLAIN THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE NOT LIKE THIS GOVERNMENT WANT TO DO IT FRACK ANY WHERE AND SOD THE LOCALS AND THERE COUNTRYSIDE WE IN THIS GOVERNMENT HAVE TOO MUCH INVESTED TO BOTHER WHAT YOU LOT OUT THERE SAY THIS IS HOW THIS GOVERNMENT WORK NOW AND WILL CONTINUE TO AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN POWER .? THERE RICH AND WANT TO GET RICHER AND THIS IS ALL THEY ARE BOTHER ABOUT NOW MONEY MONEY MONEY AND SOD THE COUNTY AND ALL IN IT . SORRY TO SAY THIS IS WHY SOME OF US ARE AGAINST THE FRACKING O.K. WE OUT HERE WILL NOT BENEFIT AT ALL AFTERALL WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO GO ON THE TRAINS ANY WAY IF IT EVER GET UP THIS END OF THE COUNTY LANCASHIRE PENDLE AREA O.K. jenkinsroy
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree