WORRIED residents were told to make their voices heard as the consultation on plans for controversial gas drilling reaches its final day.
Shale gas drilling company Cuadrilla Resources have been operating on three sites on the Fylde coast in Weeton, Singleton and Westby.
But the process – known as fracking, has been halted after two earth tremors in Poulton last year.
Now the company has applied to Lancashire County Council for permission to remain on its the site until July 2013, an additional 18 months.
But as the consultation comes to an end today, members of Crop – Concerned Residents of Poulton held a public meeting at The Eagle And Child pub in Weeton.
They invited Philip Mitchell, chairman of the Blackpool and Fylde Green Party to speak and answer questions. Around 25 people attended and taking action is vital according to Mr Mitchell. He said:
“I’m really pleased so many people came out to find out more and am hopeful they will resister their objections before the deadline.
“This is industrialisation of our countryside and we fear the process could have a devastating effect on the environment.
“We believe a moratorium should be imposed until we can all be in full possession of the facts.”
Fracking works by pumping water deep under-ground to fracture rock and release gas. Residents took the opportunity to ask more about the process.
Damage caused by the Poulton tremors, concerns about pollution to water and the surrounding areas were topics discussed as part of a lively two hour meeting.
Elswick resident Steve Heyworth said: “My sewage pipe was damaged the week of a tremor, it seems a big coincidence, I’m also sceptical about the process creating local jobs.”