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Fracking site on the edge of Preston draws thousands of objections

Posted on - 8th September, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, News, Woodplumpton
Anti-fracking protests in Preston in April 2014

Anti-fracking protests in Preston in April 2014

Plans for shale gas exploration on the edge of Preston have drawn huge numbers of objections.

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Cuadrilla propose to start the process, known as fracking, on Roseacre Wood.

Campaigners Frack Free Lancashire have told BBC Lancashire they have lodged 5,000 objections to any drilling at either Roseacre or a second site at Little Plumpton.

Lancashire County Council said they have received 11,000 responses to date and the consultation on Roseacre Wood, near Inskip, continues until Friday 19 September.

Cuadrilla has also applied to install 88 monitoring sensors in the countryside around Roseacre, which would be a high-tech network of safety sensors alerting engineers to any seismic activity caused by the fracking.

A number of anti-fracking protests have taken place in Preston, focused on the Flag Market and outside County Hall, in recent months.

Preston City Council environmental scrutiny committee has indicated it “cautiously accepts” fracking in the area, saying the economic benefits to the city could transform the local economy.

The full planning application for Roseacre Wood can be viewed on the Lancashire County Council website.

What do you think about fracking? Do you live near Roseacre? Let us know in the comments below

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