Labour’s climate change spokesman, Barry Gardiner, today visited Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool, where fracking is imminent. He also went to Altcar Moss, a site near Formby earmarked for fracking by Aurora Resources.
Mr Gardiner, the shadow secretary for international trade, energy and climate change, met campaigners at both sites. In a tweet this afternoon he said:
“A real tonic to meet the campaigners against fracking at Altcar Moss and Preston New Road. Visionaries dedicated to a clean sustainable future. If only everyone saw things so clearly.”
Mr Gardiner’s visit to Preston New Road follows those by senior Labour figures, the shadow business, energy and industrial strategy secretary, Rebecca Long Bailey, and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell.
Cuadrilla has said it expected to begin fracking at Preston New Road in quarter 3 of this year (July-September). An application for planning permission to drill and frack at Altcar Moss is expected in the coming months.
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:
“Barry Gardiner addressed a crowd of over 100 local people, engaging in conversations with local residents who expressed their worries over the removal of local democracy and the damaging impacts of fracking upon the environment and communities.
“He reiterated Labour’s complete commitment to ban fracking as soon as they are elected and promised to relay the community’s concerns back to Labour HQ.”