Campaign group reforms over gas

Members of the Defend Lytham pressure group, L-R Mike Hill, Edward Cook, Janet Lees, John Hobson, Linda Salter and Trina Froud.
Members of the Defend Lytham pressure group, L-R Mike Hill, Edward Cook, Janet Lees, John Hobson, Linda Salter and Trina Froud.
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Lytham’s biggest ever pressure group has reformed to go into battle against fracking.

A campaign calling for a moratorium on the highly-controversial process of drilling for shale gas is being launched by Defend Lytham – and members will be seeking signatures on a petition in the town’s main square this weekend.

The group was set up in 2005 to oppose the original proposal for a massive homes development on Lytham Quays and subsequently many further applications for what it argued was inappropriate development in the town.

Now, after a couple of years in what officials term ‘watching mode’, the group is active again – and is seeking support in its bid for fracking to be stalled until various key issues are addressed.

Members of Defend Lytham will be manning a stall at Lytham’s Piazza this Saturday, from noon, and will invite people to sign a petition calling for the controversial process to be blocked.

Spokesman Edward Cook said: “Defend Lytham believe that, until it can be proved the end-to-end process of fracking is safe, and that its negative impacts can be avoided, fracking must not be allowed to go ahead in this area.”

Cuadrilla predicts the fracking industry could create up to 1,700 jobs in the UK in Lancashire. The company has several sites on the Fylde, at Westby, Weeton and Singleton.

The fracking process involves firing a mixture of chemicals underground at high speed to crack or fracture’ shale rock to release the gas which is then converted into an energy source.

Cuadrilla said it would discuss all developments with “local communities and other stakeholders”.

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