Sounding alarm over toxic water

One of the fracking sites, at Anna's Road, Westby and (below) Tina Rothery of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking whose members are concerned.
One of the fracking sites, at Anna's Road, Westby and (below) Tina Rothery of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking whose members are concerned.
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PRESSURE groups campaigning against the controversial fracking process say they are worried about plans to remove toxic waste water from a shale gas drilling site.

But the company behind the scheme says a spillage would be “no more damaging than yoghurt”.

Tina Rothery of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking whose members are concerned.

Tina Rothery of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking whose members are concerned.

Cuadrilla Resources wants to pump water and chemicals underground at high speed to release gas and has applied to the Environment Agency to extract waste water from its site in Anna’s Road, Westby.

Residents say they are worried about the impact of removing the water and potential spillages on land.

Tina Rothery, from Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF), said: “We’re deeply concerned they’re continuing to progress with the plans despite studies showing the water to be harmful to both people and the environment.

“We feel this is one of the most dangerous parts of the operation and they should make public their plans before anyone approves them to dispose of this waste.

“I want them to give us a cast iron guarantee that no trucks full of water would crash, but that isn’t going to happen.”

Philip Mitchell, chair of the Blackpool and Fylde Green Party, added: “Having worked for many years in laboratory sciences, I’m very familiar with handling both radioactive and other types of chemical hazards associated with fracking.

“Cuadrilla’s applications are inadequate in detailing all their activities impacting on the environment and give insufficient information to enable appropriate permitting.”

A spokesman for Cuadrilla said there was no danger.

He added: “We know the local groups who have issues with what Cuadrilla do, say it’s completely unregulated and we hope by the process of applying for a permit we will be able to prove it is regulated. Even if a tanker of water did spill it would be no more damaging than if some yoghurt was spilled.”

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