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Climate chief’s ‘fracking’ visit

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A climate change expert and former diplomat is visiting the Fylde coast this week to meet residents and environmental groups concerned about fracking.

John Ashton, a former senior diplomat in the Foreign Office and an independent environmental advisor, is visiting exploratory drill sites on the Fylde and West Lancashire.

He will be speaking with community groups to discuss the implications of the fracking industry on communities, the environment, health and climate change.

Eve McNamara from Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, one of the groups John will be meeting during his visit said: “We are looking forward to sharing our experiences about the fracking industry and its impact on our communities.

“Residents across Lancashire are concerned about the risks to the environment from fracking and that shale gas is the wrong solution for our energy supply.”

Exploratory fracking company Cuadrilla is applying for planning permission to drill and frack horizontal wells at two sites in the Fylde near the villages of Roseacre and Little Plumpton.

The Fylde sites would be the first horizontal fracked wells in the UK.

Fracking is the process of injecting liquid into the ground at high pressure to release the gas inside rock.

The plans are expected to be decided on by Lancashire County Council later this year.

Mr Ashton will also be meeting Residents Action on Fylde Fracking and the North West Business Task Force tomorrow and Thursday.

 

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