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Monday, 21 December 2015 (3073971)
MP blasts plans for fracking
by Danielle Thompson

ORMSKIRK has been offered up as a potential area to explore for fracking.

Last week, the Oil and Gas Authority revealed that it has awarded a raft of new licences to explore for oil and gas across the UK, 40 of which are in the North West.

The areas are split into numbered geographical ‘blocks' and of these, eight are in Lancashire between Ormskirk and Burnley, while two are in Sefton, including Formby. The licences could lead to controversial hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Around 75% of the exploration licences relate to shale oil and gas, which usually necessitate fracking.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper described the plans as ‘shocking.'

She said: “It is a shocking but unsurprising decision that the government has granted these exploration licenses covering West Lancashire. In doing so the government has opened up the area to fracking and brought great uncertainty for the future to so many communities across West Lancashire.

”Clearly the government has pound signs in their eyes and big business whispering in their ear. At the same time they have completely disregarded the local democratic decision of Lancashire County Council to reject fracking in this area, they have ridden roughshod over the safety fears and health concerns of local residents and neglected meaningful protection of the local environment.“

Maureen Mills from local campaign group Halsall Against Fracking said: ”The dangers of fracking are on a daily basis creeping nearer to so many more communities in England; it is no longer just confined to Cuadrilla appealing against a democratic decision to refuse them permission to frack on the Fylde! This government is clearly intent on its agenda of forcing fracking upon us and we just won't accept it. They have no social license, but they don't care about that. No amount of “community” bribery could ever make up for the loss of our beloved countryside, agricultural and tourism heritage or the dangers to our health and well-being.“


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