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Lancashire Labour County Councillors urge residents to respond to Shale Gas consultation at Great Altcar

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West Lancashire Labour County Cllrs, Julie Gibson, John Fillis, Terry Aldridge and Nikki Hennessy are calling on West Lancashire residents to respond to the consultation on shale gas development in Great Altcar, West Lancashire.

Speaking on behalf of the Councillors, Cllr Gibson said: “Last July we urged residents to respond to the initial planning application Lancashire County Council received from Aurora Energy Resources to drill and test two exploratory boreholes in Great Altcar, West Lancashire. As a result, the Council requested further information from Aurora which is proposed to be considered at a further meeting of the Development Control Committee at LCC.

She continued: “We only have to look at the chaos on Preston New Road – the site of the most recent fracking activity in Lancashire. The development was paused for fear that it was exceeding safety limits and posing a real threat to nearby property and residents. It was eventually abandoned due to continued opposition from people all across Lancashire.

Cllr Gibson continued: “As County Cllrs in West Lancashire we are extremely concerned that this will open the door to fracking in the area. Back in November 2018 we highlighted the fact that the Government had granted fracking licences for land that has been identified across Skelmersdale and Up Holland. If we are not careful, these areas could be next. We would ask all residents to raise an objection and make their voices heard – the deadline is 6th March 2020.”

The application can be found on the County Council website www.lancashire.gov.uk

Follow the links for planning register and the application number LCC/2019/0037. Individual objections can be made via email at: devcon@lancashire.gov.uk or in writing to: The Development Management Group, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston PR1 OLD.

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