Labour: Stop the frack­ing

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page -

FOL­LOW­ING the 18th earth­quake in 12 days around the frack­ing site near Black­pool, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil Labour group is call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to sus­pend the op­er­a­tion.

Cau­drilla has stopped frack­ing for short pe­ri­ods fol­low­ing some of the earth­quakes, be­fre restart­ing within days.

The firm has pre­vi­ously opened a test drilling site in Banks.

The Labour group is now call­ing for frack­ing to be sus­pended and an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate the earth­quakes.

Labour deputy leader and Skelmers­dale coun­cil­lor Cllr John Fil­lis said: “Th­ese earth­quakes were not hap­pen­ing be­fore drilling started so clearly there is a link with the frack­ing on this site.

“The Gov­ern­ment has a duty to pro­tect lo­cal peo­ple and sus­pend frack­ing not only on this site but across the county.”

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