Protestors vow to fight fracking

Protestors vow to fight fracking

Protestors vow to fight fracking

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

FRACKING protestors have vowed to “stand up and fight for Bolton” amid fears that a site between Westhoughton and Atherton could be targeted by energy firms.

Bolton Against Fracking (BAF) is promising to pressurise the council to oppose any fracking plans it receives.

Meanwhile Bolton Trade Union Council (TUC) has passed two motions this week on fracking issues.

The TUC agreed to support the campaign opposing fracking and called for an investigation into policing at recent protests at Barton Moss in Salford.

Members of BAF have heard that a plot of land off Schofield Lane and Colliery Lane — which was previously used for mining — has been earmarked for fracking.

The land straddles the border between the Wigan and Bolton boroughs, but both councils maintain that they are yet to receive any fracking applications.

Anna Cook, from Bolton Against Fracking, said: “We’ve seen nothing official yet but it would seem that the site would be prime for shale gas drilling.

“If an application does come in for this site, or any other in Bolton, we will oppose them strongly.

“We want the persuade the council to join us early and get on side — we don’t want a Barton Moss to develop here.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an inquiry into policing at Barton Moss, where anti-fracking protestors have set up a camp to oppose plans for fracking on the site.

Dr Stephen Peers is planning to sue Greater Manchester Police after he was arrested for refusing a breath test while filming the demonstrations.

His court case fell through when prosecutors provided no evidence.

Stephen Hall, a member of Bolton TUC and president of the Greater Manchester Association of TUCs, said: “The focus should be on sourcing renewable energy — fracking will only provide a solution for the next 30 or 40 years.

“As far as I’m concerned, if they want to fight they may as well bring it to my doorstep.“ Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris has refused to state an opinion on the potential for fracking in Bolton in the past, saying that each application will be considered on merit.

It comes as Bolton geophysicist, has warned it is “only a matter of time” before fracking licences are submitted to Bolton Council.

Ainslie Casson, a Westhoughton scientist now working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has warned Bolton — with its rich history of mining — is a likely target for energy companies looking to cash in on untapped gas supplies.

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8:25am Fri 28 Mar 14

comment230 says...

"Ainslie Casson, a Westhoughton scientist now working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has warned Bolton...."

I would sooner depend on British fracked gas rather than imported oil and gas - especially from a unstable countries areas such as the Middle East and Russia, or fracked gas from the US.
"Ainslie Casson, a Westhoughton scientist now working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has warned Bolton...." I would sooner depend on British fracked gas rather than imported oil and gas - especially from a unstable countries areas such as the Middle East and Russia, or fracked gas from the US. comment230
  • Score: -2

8:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

Surely If It Can Cause Earthquakes Then It Should Overrule Westminster Decision To Let It Happen, I Am Against It, But To Many People Will Be Quids In, Then There Will Be The Propaganda Cheap Gas Which Is Never The Case.
Surely If It Can Cause Earthquakes Then It Should Overrule Westminster Decision To Let It Happen, I Am Against It, But To Many People Will Be Quids In, Then There Will Be The Propaganda Cheap Gas Which Is Never The Case. Gore Seer
  • Score: 13

8:52am Fri 28 Mar 14

Robert2012 says...

Absolutely we can be totally self sufficient for at least 100 years, especially when Putin turns the taps off.

These tree hungers would also be the first to moan about fuel poverty as well. Not sure how as most live in caravans and contribute little to society apart from a good riot every now and then.

If it brings cheaper fuel for all then frack away.
Absolutely we can be totally self sufficient for at least 100 years, especially when Putin turns the taps off. These tree hungers would also be the first to moan about fuel poverty as well. Not sure how as most live in caravans and contribute little to society apart from a good riot every now and then. If it brings cheaper fuel for all then frack away. Robert2012
  • Score: -10

9:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

There is 200 years of coal under the ground that can be used but Thatcher decided to close them because she was scared of Unions.

If its banned in France then that's a good enough reason for me, its foreign energy companies that want to destroy the British Countryside,

We need to invest in more energy efficient technologies and lead the world, that would recover our economy.
There is 200 years of coal under the ground that can be used but Thatcher decided to close them because she was scared of Unions. If its banned in France then that's a good enough reason for me, its foreign energy companies that want to destroy the British Countryside, We need to invest in more energy efficient technologies and lead the world, that would recover our economy. Jim271
  • Score: 16

10:10am Fri 28 Mar 14

steveG says...

It would appear the same people who campaigned long and hard to keep the coal mines open are now channeling their energies toward stopping fracking.For societies sake let's hope they fail again.
It would appear the same people who campaigned long and hard to keep the coal mines open are now channeling their energies toward stopping fracking.For societies sake let's hope they fail again. steveG
  • Score: -13

11:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

If fracking causes earthquakes what about all the pit shafts and used coal seems that undermine Westhoughton? Why has Westhoughton not fallen into a great big hole? Why is fracking different and more damaging than mining? As I understand it fracking goes much deeper than coal mines! Will fracking produce local jobs? Will fracking stop us being dependant on Russia and Europe for fuel. Fracking is carried out in the Netherlands and the USA to mention just a couple of countries. I think it makes sense in every way! If all the naysayers had campaigned to have no coal mines we would still be living in the dark ages!
If fracking causes earthquakes what about all the pit shafts and used coal seems that undermine Westhoughton? Why has Westhoughton not fallen into a great big hole? Why is fracking different and more damaging than mining? As I understand it fracking goes much deeper than coal mines! Will fracking produce local jobs? Will fracking stop us being dependant on Russia and Europe for fuel. Fracking is carried out in the Netherlands and the USA to mention just a couple of countries. I think it makes sense in every way! If all the naysayers had campaigned to have no coal mines we would still be living in the dark ages! danssoncabaret
  • Score: -12

12:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

Don't just score me zero! Convince me that fracking is a bad idea!!
Don't just score me zero! Convince me that fracking is a bad idea!! danssoncabaret
  • Score: 4

6:40pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Sally Bowman says...

Bolton Against Fracking will be in the town centre TOMORROW (Saturday 29th March). Come see us and find out more about fracking and how it will affect you.

Fracking causes earthquakes, pollutes the soil and water supplies, causes health problems in people and livestock. It will not give us cheaper energy, and will not solve our impending fuel crisis. (And we don't 'depend' on Russia for gas. Russia supplies us with only about 4% of our gas supply.)
Bolton Against Fracking will be in the town centre TOMORROW (Saturday 29th March). Come see us and find out more about fracking and how it will affect you. Fracking causes earthquakes, pollutes the soil and water supplies, causes health problems in people and livestock. It will not give us cheaper energy, and will not solve our impending fuel crisis. (And we don't 'depend' on Russia for gas. Russia supplies us with only about 4% of our gas supply.) Sally Bowman
  • Score: 12

7:17pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

comment230 wrote:
"Ainslie Casson, a Westhoughton scientist now working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has warned Bolton...."

I would sooner depend on British fracked gas rather than imported oil and gas - especially from a unstable countries areas such as the Middle East and Russia, or fracked gas from the US.
I suggest you research where the UK buy their gas before posting ignorant comments. Peter Lilley Mp has already stated that the gas obtained will be sold to the highest bidder ( China ? ) A very small proportion will be used in this country. Fracking is an ecological disaster. Have you researched the subject at all ? Our island is small. The proposed fracking wells in this country will be too close to people homes. Health will suffer and what for ? To line the pockets of the corrupt ? It's not too difficult to obtain the list of politicians with a vested interest in the industry.
[quote][p][bold]comment230[/bold] wrote: "Ainslie Casson, a Westhoughton scientist now working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, has warned Bolton...." I would sooner depend on British fracked gas rather than imported oil and gas - especially from a unstable countries areas such as the Middle East and Russia, or fracked gas from the US.[/p][/quote]I suggest you research where the UK buy their gas before posting ignorant comments. Peter Lilley Mp has already stated that the gas obtained will be sold to the highest bidder ( China ? ) A very small proportion will be used in this country. Fracking is an ecological disaster. Have you researched the subject at all ? Our island is small. The proposed fracking wells in this country will be too close to people homes. Health will suffer and what for ? To line the pockets of the corrupt ? It's not too difficult to obtain the list of politicians with a vested interest in the industry. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 14

7:19pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

I suggest you research where the UK buy their gas before posting ignorant comments. Peter Lilley Mp has already stated that the gas obtained will be sold to the highest bidder ( China ? ) A very small proportion will be used in this country. Fracking is an ecological disaster. Have you researched the subject at all ? Our island is small. The proposed fracking wells in this country will be too close to people homes. Health will suffer and what for ? To line the pockets of the corrupt ? It's not too difficult to obtain the list of politicians with a vested interest in the industry.
I suggest you research where the UK buy their gas before posting ignorant comments. Peter Lilley Mp has already stated that the gas obtained will be sold to the highest bidder ( China ? ) A very small proportion will be used in this country. Fracking is an ecological disaster. Have you researched the subject at all ? Our island is small. The proposed fracking wells in this country will be too close to people homes. Health will suffer and what for ? To line the pockets of the corrupt ? It's not too difficult to obtain the list of politicians with a vested interest in the industry. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 10

7:33pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

So lets look at this from a homeowners point of view.

You live in a designated fracking area - its likely to be a coal mining area too.
Your mortgage lender insists on buildings insurance to include landslip, heave and subsidence due to the historic mining.
Your advise them of your new risk ( which you are obliged to do)
You notify your insurer
They refuse to insure you
you are in breach of your mortgage conditions ( which means technically you can be repossessed)
You have no insurance or you have to pay massively increased premiums
which means
(a) if your house is damaged by earthquakes (proven to happen the last time they attempted fracking in the northwest in 2011) you fix it at your own expense and potentially cant sell your house as a result
or
(b) you can no longer afford to live due to insurance poverty

It also means that any prospective purchaser would not want to buy your house because
(a) the well published health affects associated with living in a fracking zone and
(b)they could not get insurance which means they can not get a mortgage
which means

you health is devalued to zero - you are stuck, whether you like it or not.
So lets look at this from a homeowners point of view. You live in a designated fracking area - its likely to be a coal mining area too. Your mortgage lender insists on buildings insurance to include landslip, heave and subsidence due to the historic mining. Your advise them of your new risk ( which you are obliged to do) You notify your insurer They refuse to insure you you are in breach of your mortgage conditions ( which means technically you can be repossessed) You have no insurance or you have to pay massively increased premiums which means (a) if your house is damaged by earthquakes (proven to happen the last time they attempted fracking in the northwest in 2011) you fix it at your own expense and potentially cant sell your house as a result or (b) you can no longer afford to live due to insurance poverty It also means that any prospective purchaser would not want to buy your house because (a) the well published health affects associated with living in a fracking zone and (b)they could not get insurance which means they can not get a mortgage which means you health is devalued to zero - you are stuck, whether you like it or not. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 14

10:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

A question for greenies & trade union luddites.

When our gas runs out, (that's the stuff we all depend on in our homes for cooking & heating) or if/when Putin stops his tap and forces gas prices in Europe and this country to rocket, as they will, please tell us how your green alternatives can produce the GAS to keep the country going?
A question for greenies & trade union luddites. When our gas runs out, (that's the stuff we all depend on in our homes for cooking & heating) or if/when Putin stops his tap and forces gas prices in Europe and this country to rocket, as they will, please tell us how your green alternatives can produce the GAS to keep the country going? Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -10

7:09am Sat 29 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

Firstly we do not have to rely on gas. There are renewable alternatives. Look to countries like Norway who have no energy crisis at all and who, by the way have already agreed to supply the uk indefinitely. They have far more gas than they could ever need because of their robust energy plan.

In other countries where the unconventional fracking method is used to obtain gas it has been proven to have a detrimental impact on the environment and on the health of those unfortunate enough to live in fracking zones.

We currently obtain a very small percentage of our gas from Russia. Haveyou researched why Russia is threatening to turn off the tap ? Would this be anything to do with the not so secret several billion dollar deal Ukraine signed with USA gas company Chevron. This is not about gas. It is about money, manipulation and corruption. It is not about being a "greenie" a "tree hugger" or a "trade unionist" it is about seeing through the government and media smoke screen and being aware of how this will affect you personally.
Firstly we do not have to rely on gas. There are renewable alternatives. Look to countries like Norway who have no energy crisis at all and who, by the way have already agreed to supply the uk indefinitely. They have far more gas than they could ever need because of their robust energy plan. In other countries where the unconventional fracking method is used to obtain gas it has been proven to have a detrimental impact on the environment and on the health of those unfortunate enough to live in fracking zones. We currently obtain a very small percentage of our gas from Russia. Haveyou researched why Russia is threatening to turn off the tap ? Would this be anything to do with the not so secret several billion dollar deal Ukraine signed with USA gas company Chevron. This is not about gas. It is about money, manipulation and corruption. It is not about being a "greenie" a "tree hugger" or a "trade unionist" it is about seeing through the government and media smoke screen and being aware of how this will affect you personally. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 8

9:21am Sat 29 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

ConsciousMind wrote:
Firstly we do not have to rely on gas. There are renewable alternatives. Look to countries like Norway who have no energy crisis at all and who, by the way have already agreed to supply the uk indefinitely. They have far more gas than they could ever need because of their robust energy plan.

In other countries where the unconventional fracking method is used to obtain gas it has been proven to have a detrimental impact on the environment and on the health of those unfortunate enough to live in fracking zones.

We currently obtain a very small percentage of our gas from Russia. Haveyou researched why Russia is threatening to turn off the tap ? Would this be anything to do with the not so secret several billion dollar deal Ukraine signed with USA gas company Chevron. This is not about gas. It is about money, manipulation and corruption. It is not about being a "greenie" a "tree hugger" or a "trade unionist" it is about seeing through the government and media smoke screen and being aware of how this will affect you personally.
"......we don not have to rely on gas" ........ what planet are you living on, Zog?
Cut the green waffle and answer my question, I'll try to make it easier for you to understand.
When you turn the cooker on and no gas comes out, what green alternative gas do you suggest as a replacement?
[quote][p][bold]ConsciousMind[/bold] wrote: Firstly we do not have to rely on gas. There are renewable alternatives. Look to countries like Norway who have no energy crisis at all and who, by the way have already agreed to supply the uk indefinitely. They have far more gas than they could ever need because of their robust energy plan. In other countries where the unconventional fracking method is used to obtain gas it has been proven to have a detrimental impact on the environment and on the health of those unfortunate enough to live in fracking zones. We currently obtain a very small percentage of our gas from Russia. Haveyou researched why Russia is threatening to turn off the tap ? Would this be anything to do with the not so secret several billion dollar deal Ukraine signed with USA gas company Chevron. This is not about gas. It is about money, manipulation and corruption. It is not about being a "greenie" a "tree hugger" or a "trade unionist" it is about seeing through the government and media smoke screen and being aware of how this will affect you personally.[/p][/quote]"......we don not have to rely on gas" ........ what planet are you living on, Zog? Cut the green waffle and answer my question, I'll try to make it easier for you to understand. When you turn the cooker on and no gas comes out, what green alternative gas do you suggest as a replacement? Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -5

9:48am Sat 29 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

You don't need to make it easier for me to understand. I am educated and have answered your question. But to make it easier for YOU to understand, there are alternatives

Electric cooker, microwave, storage heaters (off grid green alternatives to conventional electricity supply too) camp fire, BBQ :)

BUT, more importantly there is no GAS crisis - there is plenty of gas available as I have already said. Norway has a plentiful supply and they are happy for us to have it.

The gas produced from fracking, if it is allowed to go ahead in this country,will only create a supply for 30 years. So what then ? You will probably be dead but what about your children or their children ? How will they keep warm ? They will also suffer the effects of living in a fracking zone and have the health problems and contamination issues to deal with. Think long term. Think about their future. Read some information. Open your mind.
You don't need to make it easier for me to understand. I am educated and have answered your question. But to make it easier for YOU to understand, there are alternatives Electric cooker, microwave, storage heaters (off grid green alternatives to conventional electricity supply too) camp fire, BBQ :) BUT, more importantly there is no GAS crisis - there is plenty of gas available as I have already said. Norway has a plentiful supply and they are happy for us to have it. The gas produced from fracking, if it is allowed to go ahead in this country,will only create a supply for 30 years. So what then ? You will probably be dead but what about your children or their children ? How will they keep warm ? They will also suffer the effects of living in a fracking zone and have the health problems and contamination issues to deal with. Think long term. Think about their future. Read some information. Open your mind. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 9

10:06am Sat 29 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Electric cooker, microwave, storage heaters (off grid green alternatives to conventional electricity supply too) camp fire, BBQ :)

Are you for real! Camp fire, BBQ!
Yeah right, i'll rip my gas boiler out just for you fruitcakes.

Just answer the bl**dy question.Where does your green gas come from?

Then you can toddle off to the square with the rest of the layabouts.
Electric cooker, microwave, storage heaters (off grid green alternatives to conventional electricity supply too) camp fire, BBQ :) Are you for real! Camp fire, BBQ! Yeah right, i'll rip my gas boiler out just for you fruitcakes. Just answer the bl**dy question.Where does your green gas come from? Then you can toddle off to the square with the rest of the layabouts. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -7

10:14am Sat 29 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

I'm trying my best to debate with you, but so far all you have managed to come up with is silly questions, planet ZOG, swearing and insults. So my conclusion is you can't argue with stupid :)

How about you answering my questions if you are capable ?

Why is there a threat from Russia ? Why are politicians trying to rush through this unconventional technology ? Have you researched this at all ? Do you know anything about energy in this country ? Do you believe what you read in the press ? Are you gullible ?
I'm trying my best to debate with you, but so far all you have managed to come up with is silly questions, planet ZOG, swearing and insults. So my conclusion is you can't argue with stupid :) How about you answering my questions if you are capable ? Why is there a threat from Russia ? Why are politicians trying to rush through this unconventional technology ? Have you researched this at all ? Do you know anything about energy in this country ? Do you believe what you read in the press ? Are you gullible ? ConsciousMind
  • Score: 9

10:45am Sat 29 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

Bob Shaftoe wrote:
A question for greenies & trade union luddites.

When our gas runs out, (that's the stuff we all depend on in our homes for cooking & heating) or if/when Putin stops his tap and forces gas prices in Europe and this country to rocket, as they will, please tell us how your green alternatives can produce the GAS to keep the country going?
I'm with you Bob!
[quote][p][bold]Bob Shaftoe[/bold] wrote: A question for greenies & trade union luddites. When our gas runs out, (that's the stuff we all depend on in our homes for cooking & heating) or if/when Putin stops his tap and forces gas prices in Europe and this country to rocket, as they will, please tell us how your green alternatives can produce the GAS to keep the country going?[/p][/quote]I'm with you Bob! danssoncabaret
  • Score: -4

10:58am Sat 29 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Sorry for upsetting you dear, but this is a comments page not a debating chamber, so please, please answer my question...

And yes I'm up to speed with fracking, like the majority in this country who realise fracking can turn the country around energy wise making us self sufficient in 20yrs time. A great benefit for all our grandchildren, yes?

Enjoy your demo. I'm off t' Reebok wit, proper folk.
Sorry for upsetting you dear, but this is a comments page not a debating chamber, so please, please answer my question... And yes I'm up to speed with fracking, like the majority in this country who realise fracking can turn the country around energy wise making us self sufficient in 20yrs time. A great benefit for all our grandchildren, yes? Enjoy your demo. I'm off t' Reebok wit, proper folk. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -4

11:04am Sat 29 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

oh dear oh dear ! Self sufficient in 20 years time ? Really ?

You have no idea do you ?

Please keep commenting. It can only help educate people who may have had no idea before but will read your comments and be awakened to the stupidity :)

I urge people to research this. Don't sit back and listen to the ignorance spouted by people like Bob.
oh dear oh dear ! Self sufficient in 20 years time ? Really ? You have no idea do you ? Please keep commenting. It can only help educate people who may have had no idea before but will read your comments and be awakened to the stupidity :) I urge people to research this. Don't sit back and listen to the ignorance spouted by people like Bob. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 4

11:56am Sat 29 Mar 14

SleepingThunder says...

There is plenty of gas without resorting to fracking & if you think it will benefit our economy or bring our fuel prices down you are seriously misguided,overseas corporations will benefit not you or me,perhaps they should put a tap on your mouth bobby because you spout alot of hot air & methane.
There is plenty of gas without resorting to fracking & if you think it will benefit our economy or bring our fuel prices down you are seriously misguided,overseas corporations will benefit not you or me,perhaps they should put a tap on your mouth bobby because you spout alot of hot air & methane. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

Well Not A Word About The Pendle Fault, And Cheap Gas, NUTS.
Well Not A Word About The Pendle Fault, And Cheap Gas, NUTS. Gore Seer
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

ConsciousMind wrote:
oh dear oh dear ! Self sufficient in 20 years time ? Really ?

You have no idea do you ?

Please keep commenting. It can only help educate people who may have had no idea before but will read your comments and be awakened to the stupidity :)

I urge people to research this. Don't sit back and listen to the ignorance spouted by people like Bob.
Just stop waffling woman and answer the question.

When our natural gas runs out WHERE DO YOU INTEND TO GET GAS FROM?
Planet Zog?
[quote][p][bold]ConsciousMind[/bold] wrote: oh dear oh dear ! Self sufficient in 20 years time ? Really ? You have no idea do you ? Please keep commenting. It can only help educate people who may have had no idea before but will read your comments and be awakened to the stupidity :) I urge people to research this. Don't sit back and listen to the ignorance spouted by people like Bob.[/p][/quote]Just stop waffling woman and answer the question. When our natural gas runs out WHERE DO YOU INTEND TO GET GAS FROM? Planet Zog? Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -5

8:32pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

Have you read any of my posts ? I have answered your question. But again as you seem to need further clarification, there is no gas crisis. We have sufficient supplies and offers of supply from other countries until we can sort out our apparent inability to follow other counties and invest in renewable energy. Gas will not last forever wherever it is obtained from. Why pollute aband endanger for a short term fix ?

You have not answred any of my questions. Have a go. I have my red pen ready.

Why do you presume I am a woman ? Not only are you ill informed but misogynistic too.
Have you read any of my posts ? I have answered your question. But again as you seem to need further clarification, there is no gas crisis. We have sufficient supplies and offers of supply from other countries until we can sort out our apparent inability to follow other counties and invest in renewable energy. Gas will not last forever wherever it is obtained from. Why pollute aband endanger for a short term fix ? You have not answred any of my questions. Have a go. I have my red pen ready. Why do you presume I am a woman ? Not only are you ill informed but misogynistic too. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

OK I give up, I'll answer for you. It's fracking.
This area (Bowland) is sitting on enough gas reserves to last us for over 100 years this is apart from the Weald Basin in Sussex which contains at least half the amount of north sea oil and the natural gas associated with the drill. There are also vast untapped reserves of gas in South Wales and Lincolnshire.
We now have new technology to extract these reserves by drilling for oil and fracking for natural gas. The Government has given the green light for these explorations.
We all have our opinions on fracking and I'm definitely for it. I respect your right to protest but please tell me which green crusade has ever succeeded.
OK I give up, I'll answer for you. It's fracking. This area (Bowland) is sitting on enough gas reserves to last us for over 100 years this is apart from the Weald Basin in Sussex which contains at least half the amount of north sea oil and the natural gas associated with the drill. There are also vast untapped reserves of gas in South Wales and Lincolnshire. We now have new technology to extract these reserves by drilling for oil and fracking for natural gas. The Government has given the green light for these explorations. We all have our opinions on fracking and I'm definitely for it. I respect your right to protest but please tell me which green crusade has ever succeeded. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Sun 30 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

There is no crusade. As I have said previously there is no gas crisis. This is about MONEY. Have you researched the effects this " new technology" has caused in other countries where has been allowed to happen ? Have you seen the Pennsylvania harmed list ? Why are over 2000 medical doctors who treat those in fracking zones in USA petitioning Obama to stop this lunacy ? Why have many countries banned the technology ? To date ALL fracking wells have leaked, that's radioactive waste in you ground and in your water. It happens, it will happen here.

Step away from Wiki and research it properly.

Or stay in you your own ignorant bubble. I will protect your grandkids for you.
There is no crusade. As I have said previously there is no gas crisis. This is about MONEY. Have you researched the effects this " new technology" has caused in other countries where has been allowed to happen ? Have you seen the Pennsylvania harmed list ? Why are over 2000 medical doctors who treat those in fracking zones in USA petitioning Obama to stop this lunacy ? Why have many countries banned the technology ? To date ALL fracking wells have leaked, that's radioactive waste in you ground and in your water. It happens, it will happen here. Step away from Wiki and research it properly. Or stay in you your own ignorant bubble. I will protect your grandkids for you. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Research?
You've been brainwashed by reading all the Al Gore crap etc.
Do something for your kids future & buy shares in gas exploration.
Tip: Igas @ £1.20.

goodbye
Research? You've been brainwashed by reading all the Al Gore crap etc. Do something for your kids future & buy shares in gas exploration. Tip: Igas @ £1.20. goodbye Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -2

12:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

SleepingThunder says...

You really have not got a grasp on this,There will be no future for your kids if we keep heading in this direction.
You really have not got a grasp on this,There will be no future for your kids if we keep heading in this direction. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ConsciousMind says...

I'll ask again, why is the government trying to push this through without full public consultation ? Because as more and people become aware of what is actually happening and how it will affect them, they stand up to object, the invertors get cold feet and look what happens.............
..Igas shares have been plummeting for weeks ! Dave and his boys don't make the personal profit they were hoping for.

The protesting at Barton Moss has delayed Igas by a month. It has cost their investors and the share value millions. Who says protesting does not achieve a goal ? Bob please invest your grandkids' inheritance in Igas , then you will be screwing them over twice.
I'll ask again, why is the government trying to push this through without full public consultation ? Because as more and people become aware of what is actually happening and how it will affect them, they stand up to object, the invertors get cold feet and look what happens............. ..Igas shares have been plummeting for weeks ! Dave and his boys don't make the personal profit they were hoping for. The protesting at Barton Moss has delayed Igas by a month. It has cost their investors and the share value millions. Who says protesting does not achieve a goal ? Bob please invest your grandkids' inheritance in Igas , then you will be screwing them over twice. ConsciousMind
  • Score: 3

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