People living in Formby are worried about the ‘health of the community’ as plans for fracking just a mile away moved another step forward.
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, has been the focus of considerable controversy in the past 12 months, after a number of earthquakes around the UK’s only active site, near Blackpool.
Many people claim as well as the tremor risks, the technique can cause air, noise and groundwater pollution.
Aurora is currently seeking permission to construct a fracking site in West Lancashire – just 900 metres from the historic Formby Oilfield.
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The company proposes to drill and hydraulically fracture both a vertical and a separate horizontal well at Altcar Moss to evaluate the potential to produce hydrocarbons from deeply-buried, Carboniferous-age rocks.
Formby resident Andree Lynch said: “We need to rally our local community and voice our objections.
“This is hugely bad news for the health of our community and our wildlife, and has other very serious implications for the region as a whole.
“If fracking comes to Merseyside it will be hugely damaging to our environment and very hard to stop it being rolled out across the region in future.”
Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson says the plans to frack at Altcar are “the opposite of what is needed if we are to address global warming”.
Aurora has submitted plans to drill, hydraulically fracture and do exploratory tests at two wells at Altcar Moss on Sutton’s Lane, Great Altcar.
Comments and objections can be submitted by emailing [email protected] using the planning reference number LCC/2019/0037
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