Oooh, I’ve sort of been active – though in a rather passive way, lol. I went to the first meeting of a new Preston branch of FrackOff Uk last Thursday. This is a cause very dear to my heart, both because of the terribly polluting and untested methods which HAVE been almost definitely proved to cause earth tremors, and also because I am a Sandgrown’un [Born and bred Lythamer to the uninitiated].
There were only 5 of us there but we managed to pool what we knew and agree to make this a fortnightly meeting for now. The deadlines for planning and licencing are in June so there is real urgency to get the message out and oppose the proposals in as many ways as possible.
I think I may have sort of insulted the man who had organised the meeting – due to my inherent stupidity. I asked him if he was the leader of our group – he replied ‘I am an anarchist so I don’t believe in leaders’. Hmmm, I didn’t really know what to say so I asked him if he was the head equal – he just looked at me. Ho hum.
Anyway I said I do blogging so looks like that’s my job again – quite enjoying it actually – hope you [if you exist?] are enjoying reading it too. I wrote out a piece which I have now emailed to local radio station newsdesks [in the hope they are desperate for anythng!] and also a couple of local newspapers. Still got to find a picture to accompany it so i can send it to BlogPreston. Rather than rambling on I will finish by pasting it here. Please let me know if you can help in any way.
As you probably know, the Fylde Coast is a well-known earthquake region. You didn’t? Well in another few years, if proposals to allow fracking [also known as Shale Gas extraction] go through, that could well be a true statement.
This highly controversial method of extracting gas from shale rocks underground causes geological instability because water and chemicals are pumped deep into the ground at extremely high pressure in order to fracture the rock and release gas deposits.
According to the BBC news website on 2nd Nov 2011 “It is “highly probable” that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found.”
Reports from America confirm this. USA today’s website on 9th March 2012 said “COLUMBUS, Ohio – A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, Ohio oil and gas regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers.”
If you find this alarming, there is a new branch of FrackOff based at the Beautiful Planet cafe, 69 Friargate, Preston. We aim to meet on alternate Thursdays, to co-ordinate and plan peaceful protests against the planned operation, with the next meeting being on 10th May at 7pm.
For information about these meetings, please contact me at N0rthernstar58@gmail.com [please note the second character is a numeric zero]
To lodge an appeal against the proposals, this is the Lancashire Council web link
This is the link to REAF – Ribble Estuary Against Fracking – if you require more local information
[please do not publish my full address, thank you] – note the cowardice !!!!!
23D Three Nooks
Lancs PR5 8EL