Residents join councillors at public meeting on fracking

Residents join councillors at public meeting on fracking

by Ollie Cowan (August 2016)

WORRIED residents attended a meeting in Formby which explained the possibility of fracking in Sefton and West Lancashire.

Anti-fracking campaigners, along with a number of local residents, and local councillors met at the Gild Hall last week to discuss the potential effects of any fracking in their area after it was revealed that seismological surveys are taking place.

In May, the Champion revealed that exploration company Aurora was undertaking a geophysical survey in West Lancashire with a view to a possible future exploratory drilling for fracking in the area.

The company is conducting a geophysical survey over part of a 100 km-sq area for which it holds a petroleum exploration and development licence (PEDL) from the department of energy and climate change.

Shale oil and gas exploration typically requires fracking, a controversial technique which includes drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water and chemical mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.

Opponents of the process have raised fears about groundwater contamination, gas pollution and chemical use and the threat to public health and say that funding should instead be redirected into renewable resources.

One of the campaigners, Maureen Mills said: “It was fantastic to see such a good turn-out in Formby, there was standing room only. We will continue to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking.”

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