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Monday, 19 September 2011 (3018825)
Fracking protest
by David Simister

SCORES of campaigners from across the country camped out in Banks last weekend to protest against controversial plans to carry out fracking in the village.

The organisers of the Camp Frack event, held at Manor Farm in protest at plans by Cuadrilla to carry out shale gas drilling in the village, said that more than 150 people from as far afield as Brighton had stayed in the West Lancashire village to voice their objections to the company's plans.

Phil Thornhill of the Campaign against Climate Change said of the event:

“There is no place for the exploitation of any new source of fossil fuel in a national energy policy that represents any realistic effort to avert the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate. What’s at stake is the direction we’re taking in the fight against climate change – towards a zero carbon economy as fast as possible through the rapid development of renewable technologies - or towards the endless deferral of that goal as we exploit every last drop of every new ‘unconventional’ fossil fuel that we can find.

”The second option guarantees we will be too late and we will see disasters on a scale a hundred times that of the current famine in Somalia. In the UK the battle against shale gas has now become the new front line in the battle against climate change.“

Among those staying at the camp were Sefton and West Lancashire councillors, members of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, and the Blackpool Green Party.

The groups are opposed to shale gas drilling - informally known as fracking - which involves pumping thousands of gallons of water beneath the ground in attempt to break up a level of shale beneath the surface and release trapped gas below it.

Cuadrilla has previously argued the practice is safe but in recent months fracking operations in the Blackpool area have been linked to similar fracking operations there.


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