The majority of people surveyed in a town in Cheshire have come out against fracking.
According to a report released recently, more than three-quarters of adults surveyed in Frodsham, near Runcorn, said they thought fracking would be a bad thing.
Similar surveys carried out in Mickle Trafford and Guilden Sutton, near Chester, have produced comparable results (DrillOrDrop report).
In the Frodsham survey:
- 77.7% said they thought fracking would be a bad thing
- 9.1% said they thought fracking would be a good thing
- 13.2% did not know or did not have an opinion.
The Frodsham survey found that women were more opposed to fracking than men (80.9% compared with 74.7%). It also found that people in younger age groups were more opposed than older people. The highest proportion of people who didn’t know or didn’t give an opinion were in the 75+ age group.
Frodsham is in exploration licence area PEDL294, held by INEOS Upstream. In May last year, the company held a meeting for local councillors (DrillOrDrop report) but so far DrillOrDrop is not aware of any public events.
In response to the survey findings, Frack Free Dee said:
“Ascertaining public opinion through a survey, and insisting on democratic representation through our local councillors and MP, is a critical step in opposing the development of fracking in our area.”
It described as “astounding” the proportion of people who didn’t know or didn’t have an opinion.
“It is fair to say then that the community engagement, of which the fracking industry appears to be so proud of, is drastically lacking and therefore has effected the ability of a significantly high proportion of the residents questioned to respond in an informed and considered fashion.”
We have asked for a response from INEOS and will update this post with any comment.
INEOS is a partner with IGas in the neighbouring licence area, PEDL189, which includes Mickle Trafford and Guilden Sutton.
The Mickle Trafford survey found that 81.7% thought fracking would be a bad thing, 6.5% a bad thing and 11.80% didn’t know or didn’t have an opinion.
In Guilden Sutton, 76.3% through fracking would be a bad thing, 9.2% a good thing and 14.5% didn’t know or didn’t have an opinion.
The Frodsham survey was conducted by Frack Free Frodsham and Helsby and analysed by Fusion Data Science
The results were released on 23 January 2017 and presented to a meeting of Frodsham Town Council that day.
1,500 questionnaires were distributed at random in the Frodsham Town Council area
917 questionnaires were completed and collected/returned (61.1%), of which 47 were blank, spoiled or ambiguous, leaving a valid total of 870 (58%).
The questionnaires indicated the views of 1,587 adults out of an estimated population in 2014 of 7,814
Counting was conducted by local residents at the offices of Frodsham Town council on 22 October 2016 and supervised by two councillors and Fusion Data Science Ltd
The results of a survey in Helsby, carried out at the same time as the Frodsham poll, will be reported separately.