Around 10 campaigners dressed as shale gas workers have erected a large fracking rig and surrounded it with an eight-metre high fence just outside the entrance to Lancashire County Council’s County Hall chambers entrance in Preston.
The development control committee which could grant permission for drilling in Lancashire is meeting inside County Hall today, with several sites at Singleton, Weeton and Westby on the Fylde coast seen as possible areas for shale gas exploration.
Lawrence Carter, Greenpeace energy campaigner said: “We dont need to be digging up and burning more fossil fuels. Studies show that the UK can run on clean energy; that we can generate thousands of jobs doing so, and that it will be cheaper for consumers over time.
“The North West has the potential to be a leader in green energy more than 26,000 people are already employed in clean energy fracking is a very real threat to this.”