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On Thursday April 24th, energy minister Michael Fallon will be in Blackpool to knit supply chains for the shale gas (fracking) industry. The Government and the industry are hell bent on pushing this PROVEN UNSAFE technology on us. This will result in the industrialisation of the beautiful Fylde Coast, the contamination of our water and air with known carcinogenic and radioactive materials, and irrevocable damage to our health, our homes and our environment.
The promise of jobs and cheaper fuel bills are wildly exaggerated and the ‘benefits’ disprovable so easily. Lord Browne CEO of Cuadrilla has himself admitted that fracking in England will have very little impact on our bills. Any temporary jobs created will be hugely overshadowed by the losses to the traditional Fylde Coast industries of tourism and agriculture. Anti fracking groups from all over the Fylde and around the country will be at Winter Gardens to raise awareness and voice our objections at their plans to sell off our health and our countryside so that an elite few can make a fast profit then ‘frack off’, leaving us nothing but their toxic mess to deal with.
Tina Rothery, of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking, claims 13 Fylde coast-based groups and more than 100 from other parts of the country will be staging the demonstration during the visit. She said: “Michael Fallon is coming to try and win over our Lancashire businesses, but we are inviting people to show their opposition. “We are asking people to show it in their own peaceful way, and people are travelling here from the south.
“Deep down I’m expecting a huge number of demonstrators. He (Fallon) is trying to convince businesses that this (fracking) will be profitable for them, but they will be the ones left with the mess.” Alongside the protests, Ms Rothery says the Fylde coast groups will have a variety of stalls open informing people of what campaigners say are the dangers of fracking – the process of pumping chemicals deep in to the ground to extract shale gas from rocks.
Campaigners say one of the stalls, co-ordinated by Fleetwood’s anti-fracking group, will include people being asked to drink water which has come into contact with chemicals used during the fracking
process. Ms Rothery added: “The people inside are going to be finding out what this is all about.
“They are going in to pose their own questions and we don’t doubt there will be
people inside who see through their promises. “We have got to be outside to make sure that before they walk in they understand the truth of the industry before the PR machine kicks in.”
Only by standing together can we stop this. You can add your voice to the ever growing number of ordinary folk saying “We don’t want your poisonous industry here or anywhere”.
Winter Gardens, Blackpool. 97 Church Street, FY1 1HL Blackpool.
24th April 2014, 8.15 am onwards – all day presence planned.