Drawing the battle lines over fracking

Members of the Defend Lytham pressure group are to step up their campaign against fracking by manning a stall at Lytham Square weekly from Sat, May 18.'L-R Mike Hill, Edward Cook, Janet Lees, John Hobson, Linda Salter and Trina Froud.
Members of the Defend Lytham pressure group are to step up their campaign against fracking by manning a stall at Lytham Square weekly from Sat, May 18.'L-R Mike Hill, Edward Cook, Janet Lees, John Hobson, Linda Salter and Trina Froud.
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Lytham’s biggest ever pressure group has reformed to go into battle against fracking.

A campaign calling for a moratorium on the highly-controversial process of drilling for shale gas is being launched by Defend Lytham – and members will be seeking signatures on a petition in the town’s main square this weekend.

The group was set up in 2005 to oppose the original proposal for a massive homes development on Lytham Quays and subsequently many further applications for what it argued was inappropriate 
development in the town.

The group was said to have won the support of nine in 10 people in the town as it battled the plans.

Now, after a couple of years in what officials term ‘watching mode’, the group is active again – and is seeking support in its bid for fracking to be stalled until various key issues are addressed.

Members of Defend Lytham will be manning a stall at Lytham’s Piazza this Saturday, from noon, and will invite people to sign a petition calling for the controversial process to be blocked.

Spokesman Edward Cook said: “Defend Lytham believe that, until it can be proved the end-to-end process of fracking is safe, and that its negative impacts can be avoided, fracking must not be allowed to go ahead in this area.”

The controversial fracking process involves firing a mixture of chemicals underground at high speeds to fracture shale rock to release gas and the Fylde countryside has been at the heart of the initial proposals for the drilling process led by Cuadrilla Resources..

Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuardrilla Resources, said: “As we continue our programme, Cuadrilla proposes to broaden and deepen the scope of both community consultation and environment risk assessment.”