“No doubt about opposition” to West Lancs fracking plans, say campaigners

Moss Alliance

A network of anti-fracking groups has organised three public meetings to raise awareness about shale gas plans by Aurora Energy Resources near Formby.

The company has submitted an application to drill, frack and test two wells near the village of Great Altcar in West Lancashire. The proposed wellpad is in the green belt and close to habitats of protected wildlife.

If approved, the scheme would involve almost one-and-half years of 24-hour, seven-days-a-week working. According to the application, there would be up to 55 two-way lorry movements a day during fracking the wells.

The Moss Alliance said it had organised public meetings in Formby, Lydiate and Haskayne/Downholland in September. It also said it was distributing 25,000 leaflets in the neighbourhood in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for the network said people living near the proposed site were aware of the consequences if the application were approved by Lancashire County Council. They have seen what has happened at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site in Lancashire and the effect that has had on local communities, the spokesperson said

“Local people have made their voices heard at every opportunity by attending our meetings and signing petitions and even Aurora’s two public information events.

“Aurora can be in no doubt that they and their fracking are not wanted here and we will do our level best to raise objections by valid planning considerations.”

West Lancashire and Sefton borough councils have approved anti-fracking motions.

The Moss Alliance said:

“Our groups will be submitting their responses of course, but the councillors on Lancashire County Council’s development control committee must be made aware of the extent of opposition to Aurora’s planning application and we would hope therefore that the number of objections cannot be ignored.”

The groups had raised money to employ planning consultants, the spokesperson said. The consultants’ preliminary review of the application would be available at the public meetings.

“These meetings will be extremely important forums for residents to raise and discuss their objections and formulate their responses to the application and be guided in the several ways that they can respond.”

Lancashire County Council’s public consultation runs until 23 August 2019. But the Moss Alliance said it has been told that the council would accept comments until the date the application was decided.

Meeting details

Tuesday 3 September 2019

7pm, Formby Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby L37 3NG

Thursday 5 September 2019

7pm, Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, Lydiate L31 2LA

Friday 6 September 2019

7pm, Haskayne Village Hall, 109 School Lane, Downholland L39 7JE

18 replies »

  1. john: I beg to differ?, An industry which is neither Needed! Well I assure you it is! Wanted, well that’s a matter of opinion.
    The lights need to stay on and the dinner needs cooked, hence we will, and always need gas this side of 2040.

    • The UK has a secure gas supply system from a diverse range of suppliers. By doing so we have gas at the cheapest rates and security of supply.

      There is no need for a new expensive UK unconventional fossil fuel industry which would see the industrialisation of the countryside, ill health, reduction in property value, severe road damage all of which would have to have to be paid for by the public.

      As I said, a UK shale gas industry is clearly not needed.

      If you believe this, then more fool you,

      “when were importing half of our gas by pipe line from Russia”


      • ill health, reduction in property value, severe road damage all of which would have to have to be paid for by the public.
        Proof Please?

        You obviously have no clue regarding politics, safe guarding energy security and the power regime of the east! Corbyn’s socialist agenda is all you preach, pipeline of cheap gas from Russia? Which can and unless we play ball, be turned off!

        We require energy security or we are subject to the tariffs laid on us by Russia and the middle east! Both could be politically challenging in the future!

        • There is no UK shale gas industry. There never will be. It has been and will continue to be pummelled by well organised communities.

          First planning applications to frack shale passed in 2010.

          Amount of commercial shale gas produced in nearly 10 years….

          None. Not a therm.

          Good living for company directors though. You would think they would have to be accountable at some point.

      • John : Perhaps you should read the linked article. Perhaps the Cuadrilla “boss” is correct and you are wrong? Always possible given that you are not in the business?

        Click to access UK-Dependence-on-Imported-Hydrocarbons-Insight-32.pdf

        To save your valuable time go straight to page 19 & 20

        “Gazprom Export claims that Gazprom Group “supplied”17.9 bcm to the UK market in 2016–the equivalent of 37%of total UK gas imports”

        It would appear that it is difficult to confirm how much of this gas originates in Russia but clearly some of it does – in addition to the Russian LNG that Centrica imports. So perhaps Mr Egan is right to say “when we are importing nearly half our gas by pipeline from Russia”?

        • Complete misleading nonsense as usual.

          “Gazprom Export claims that Gazprom Group “supplied”17.9 bcm to the UK market in 2016–the equivalent of 37%of total UK gas imports”

          Let’s have a look at UK Government figures. To save valuable time go straight to page 29 chart 4.5 ‘imports by origin’

          Choose any year on the chart and try and contest the facts.

          Click to access Gas_June_2019.pdf

          The clue is in the shades of the blue.

          Try spec savers if you are still not sure.

          • Thanks John. This certainly confirms (shades of blue) that gas is coming to UK by pipeline other than from Norway – “other pipeline”. This will no doubt increase. Where does this gas originate? Go back to the link I published. And Russian LNG on the increase also noted in your article. But we know that as Centrica has a long term forward LNG contract with Russia. And LNG from Cameroon? Wow!

            The Russia origin is not a concern of mine; I don’t care where it comes from. But it would appear that there is more to this Russian gas importing than you would like people to think.

  2. There is no UK shale gas industry?, There never will be?. It has been and will continue to be pummelled by well organised communities. Explain well organised communities? like you and your army, of YOU and Gayzer ‘the clown’ Frackman?

    What is your major issue with a an impending Shale Gas revolution?, You have nothing to base it on in the UK. there ‘HAVE BEEN OVER 2,000 ONSHORE WELLS DRILLED IN THE LAST 60 YEARS WITH NO CONCERN, UNTIL NOW?’

    • Like I say. Nearly 10 years since the first shale gas applications were passed unopposed and yet no gas. Maybe about time the industry started doing a bit of overtime to catch up.

      Cuadrilla from a 2012 article,

      ‘ our investors don’t have infinite patience’

      Centrica still on board?

      Maybe, but the only wells to be fracked have at Preese Hall in 2011 and at PNR last year. Both attempts were aborted and both attempts caused earthquakes.

      • Ahem Pauline they did not cause earthquakes, they cause tremors. Ones which could only be felt, i mean seen on BGS sensors display! Could you honestly tell me you felt said tremors??

  3. Thank you Ruth and thank you John and all the activists who do so much work – not just protesting and protecting but researching and collating information and fighting dis-information.

  4. The seismic regulations are there for a reason, it is in the public interest for them to be respected and complied with.

    ‘The tremor is higher than the previous record quake, which measured 1.5ML at Little Plumpton in December 2018, and easily breaches the government’s 0.5ML limit on seismic activity. […] Jamie Peters, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said even small vibrations at ground level can be a sign of far more damaging impacts deep underground.

    “It’s obvious that fracking can’t be done without triggering earthquakes. This latest quake is a sign that Cuadrilla just can’t stick within the regulations they agreed,” he said.

    Lee Rowley, a Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire, said: “The industry signed up to the seismic regulations years ago and told us they could operate within the limits. This just proves again that fracking isn’t going to work in the UK and the companies should give up flogging a dead horse.”’

    Taken from a most recent article in The Guardian, link below:


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