Anti-fracking march planned

Cuadrilla site on Anna's Road , Westby.

Cuadrilla site on Anna's Road , Westby.

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DOZENS of anti-fracking campaigners are preparing to take the streets of St Annes to protest against controversial shale gas drilling on the Fylde coast.

Campaign group Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) is staging a march from the town centre to Cuadrilla Resources’ Westby site to coincide with a day of national action against climate change on December 1.

RAFF member Tina Rothery said: “We are unsure of how many concerned local residents will attend but feeling is high about the risks the shale gas industry will bring to Lancashire, so we are hopeful of a good gathering.

“This action is being synchronised to coincide with one in London organised by Campaign Against Climate Change and as this is a global movement making a stand against the shale gas industry.

“Groups from Australia, Ireland and America are looking to also take local actions in solidarity.

“We will have banners, a mock fracking rig and our 
determination to not have our communities industrialised and put in harm’s way.”

The march will leave St Annes Square at noon with the aim of reaching the Anna’s Road site by 1.30pm – the same time protesters will build a model fracking rig outside Parliament.

Cuadrilla Resources maintain fracking – the practice of drilling deep underground and firing down water and chemicals to break up rock and release gas – is safe and will have huge benefits for the Fylde coast, but the practice remains suspended after fracking in Weeton allegedly caused earth tremors last year.

The Government is expected to give fracking the go-ahead imminently.

A Cuadrilla Resources spokesman said: “Since our operations started at Anna’s Road we’ve hosted around 40 local residents and elected representatives on site visits in small groups.

“Last week we issued an invitation to members of RAFF and we hope to welcome them in the future on an organised site visit.

“If other local people are keen to find out more about our operations, please use our freephone community information line 0800 170 1115 to speak to a representative or to arrange a site visit.”

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