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Anti-frackers spread the word in new rally

Anti-fracking groups gathered in Blackpool's St John's Square to raise public awareness of what they claim are the hazards of the process. Signing a petition next to a diagram showing the alleged medical side-effects from fracking.

Anti-fracking groups gathered in Blackpool's St John's Square to raise public awareness of what they claim are the hazards of the process. Signing a petition next to a diagram showing the alleged medical side-effects from fracking.

The protest against fracking on the Fylde Coast was stepped up as most of the anti-fracking groups across the county met in Blackpool.

St John’s Square was awash with members of Frack Free Lancashire – an amalgamation of 17 groups across the Fylde Coast, Longridge and Garstang.

It comes as Cuadrilla Resources, the company which is exploring for gas trapped deep underground in shale rock across Lancashire, has submitted planning applications for up to four exploration wells at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.

Ebony Johnson, of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking, said the aim of Saturday’s event was to spread the word against fracking and encourage people to sign a petition against the latest Cuadrilla applications.

She said: “This is the first time we have united for a campaign like this. These new applications are significant for Lancashire, and if they go ahead it will set a precedent for the rest of the UK.”

Michelle Hayward, 40, of South Shore, said: “I am deeply concerned about the environmental impact of fracking. I think this has been rushed through and forced upon us.”

Rachael Hall, 32, of Bispham, added: “This event is a really positive step forward for our community.”

 

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