Aug 22 2013 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Ormskirk Advertiser
ANTI-FRACKING group Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF) has vowed to replicate the demonstrations that are taking place in West Sussex if planning is granted at a site in Banks.
Energy company Cuadrilla Resources has submitted a modified planning application to Lancashire County Council to carry out a number of different diagnostic well tests on their exploration well at Becconsall, near Banks.
A date for the planning meeting to review this application has not yet been confirmed.
Protesters from Lancashire joined in the march in Balcombe at the weekend. The march was followed by the arrest of Green MP, Caroline Lucas.
Eve McNamara from REAF, who went on the march on Saturday, said: “We share a common bond with the people of West Sussex and joining them was a show of solidarity.
“There is a strong feeling that we are not being listened to and the residents welcome our support.”
Eve said that lawful, peaceful protest remained an option in Lancashire.
“If we find ourselves in the same situation as the South where our objections are not being listened to, than civil action will be something we are prepared to do.
“At the moment Cuadrilla are tied up in planning, so we are just waiting. But our ultimate goal is that people realise that fracking is not wanted and for them to pack up and go.”
A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said that they work with police throughout planned protests.
Cuadrilla’s CEO Francis Egan said: “Any hydraulic fracturing proposal would require a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment, public consultations and multi-agency regulatory reviews – all of which would be available for scrutiny.”