Opponents of fracking in Lancashire are preparing to hand in petition with over 6,000 signatures to the leader of the county council.
Residents from two Fylde villages where fracking is proposed are gathering outside County Hall in Preston, along with representatives of Lancashire anti-fracking groups.
The petition, signed by 6,136 people at 4pm yesterday (20th January 2014), calls on the council leader, Jennifer Mein, to oppose plans for fracking in the county.
It urges her to support what is described as a “clean and secure energy future” for Lancashire through renewable energy and “a new green industrial revolution to power the country”.
The hand-in will coincide with the release (expected in the next few minutes) of the planners’ reports on applications by Cuadrilla to drill, frack and test for shale gas at two sites in the Fylde area of Lancashire. The reports will include the planners’ recommendations for approval or rejection of the plans.
Lancashire County Council’s planning committee will make decisions on the applications for Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood next week.
Dorothy Kelk,of Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth, said: “Over 6,000 people have supported our petition to the leader of the council calling on her to stop fracking in Lancashire before it’s too late”.
“Fracking is a risk we don’t need to take with far better solutions for jobs and energy security through harnessing Lancashire’s fantastic renewable energy resources, which would also protect our environment and help tackle climate change.”
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