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.”
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.
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