Spotlight on issue of gas fracking

Members of REAF (Ribble Estuary Against Fracking) Sue McGuire, Angela Cropper, Lesley Graham and Eve McNamara.

Members of REAF (Ribble Estuary Against Fracking) Sue McGuire, Angela Cropper, Lesley Graham and Eve McNamara.

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Residents are being invited to find out more about the anti-fracking campaign at a special public meeting.

Campaign group Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF) will make a presentation at next week’s event, in Poulton, which will be hosted by John Bailie from local action group Concerned Residents of Poulton (CROP).

Shale gas company Cuadrilla Resources – who will use the controversial “fracking” technique to extract gas from deep underground – currently have three sites locally in Singleton, Weeton and Westby, but hope to expand next year.

The firm recently admitted causing two earthquakes which hit the Poulton area earlier this year, and Mr Bailie said this meeting would allow residents affected by the tremors to find out more.

He said: “You may feel these (drill sites) aren’t close enough to you to worry about, but the drill at Weeton has already caused noticeable earth tremors in the Poulton and Thornton areas.”

The meeting will take place on Monday, November 28, at 7pm in the Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Poulton.