Unconventional oil and gas extraction is a high risk activity and there is growing evidence of adverse impacts on the environment.
National guidance now expects local authorities to consider if there are any ‘unacceptable adverse impacts’ on the environment and communities they serve before granting permits to drilling companies.
Issues involve concerns over water resources, with possible unsustainable use of massive amounts of water and the creation of toxic waste water. Cuadrilla must show that a satisfactory solution to the disposal of waste water is possible.
Air pollution will also pose risks occurring from methane and radon gas emissions, with further concern for flaring of gas.
Also the impact on Roseacre village, which is only 400 metres from the site. 24 hours of drilling; hydraulic fracturing is a noisy operation.
Equally there is the ecology affecting wildlife. Being only six kilometres from Morecambe Bay and Wyre Estuary, and eight kilometres from the Ribble Estuary. Medlar Woods near the village is a biological heritage site, these important and protected sites for wildlife are significant.
Other issues affect climate change as fracking is in conflict with the National Planning Policy Framework’s ambition for planning to secure “radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions”.
The UK is committed to reductions in emissions through the Climate Change Act. The issue over earthquakes, is another factor.
The Water Framework Directive requires that unless it is proven that there is no risk to groundwater, the development should not go ahead.
The industry must be adequately regulated, including evidence on loss of well integrity in fracked wells that present further risk to water contamination and well blow outs. Therefore the precautionary approach should be followed.
Perhaps it is more sensible for the county council to consider other forms of renewable energy that has less impact on communities and poses fewer risks to the environment and communities.
There is a lot for councillors to consider, so let us hope the correct path is found.
Nurses pay claims
Paul Jebb, director of nursing at Blackpool Victoria Hospital states nurses are “very unhappy” at not receiving the pay rise demand and refers to patients’ welfare as a consequence (Gazette, July 7).
Patients’ wellbeing should not be at risk at the hands of disgruntled and unhappy nurses using patients to hold the Government to ransom.
Staff nurses at Blackpool Victoria Hospital can receive up to £1,900 monthly and are demanding an extra £1,000 for minimal productivity.
Nurses (more than 2,000) at Victoria are not a special case entitled to exploit NHS funding with expensive wage demands.
The message to such arrogant nurses should be: “Leave patients free from industrial dispute and don’t use them to support greedy demands from the public purse.”
Talbot Gate folly
Bus stop bungle
Some time ago two new bus stops were created outside the soon to opened Sainsbury’s supermarket on Talbot Road.
The bus stops were complete with resplendent glass and stainless steel shelters with an electrical supply for lighting.
The roadway was marked out in yellow paint indicating the waiting area for buses.
It was obvious the two stops almost directly opposite each other on a narrow roadway would cause traffic holdups and they have never been brought into service. Lo and behold, the stops and their shelters have recently been removed. Who paid for this folly?
Old time trams were best
Having read the Gazette article on Monday about restoring Blackpool to its former glory and as a person who drove coaches here from Wales for over 40 years I have some thoughts on the matter.
There are two things that would help to put it back on the right tracks.
Firstly bring back the old trams as they were the first things trippers wanted to see when they arrived in town. They loved to ride on them through the Illuminations.
The other thing is to get rid of charity shops except maybe the local ones as they are taking the living away from local shop keepers.
Jones Grove , Fleetwood
Well done Alan
Sorry to hear that Alan Bell will not be organising the Fylde Folk Festival in future due to ill health.
Well done Alan for all the great shows and let’s hope someone can take over the reins and keep this fine tradition going.
Central Drive, Blackpool