Anti-fracking group ‘The Moss Alliance’ and West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper have arranged for the visit of the Opposition’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change Barry Gardiner MP to proposed fracking sites at Altcar in West Lancashire and to Preston New Road in Little Plumpton.

MP Rosie and the group were keen to show Mr Gardiner first-hand what the huge impact the site at Preston New Road has had and where could be impacted in West Lancashire should Aurora be successful in securing permission at Altcar.

The campaign against the Preston New Road site continues with protesters still hopeful of stopping further explorations and fracking at PNR and other sites including nearby Roseacre.

Barry will meet with Rosie and campaigners on site at Altcar at midday on Friday 31st August to discuss the situation, before arriving at Preston New Road at 2pm to speak with protestors there. Thereafter Barry will travel at least one of the three routes into the small village of Roseacre put forward by Cuadrilla at the re-opened Public Inquiry.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said:
“I oppose all plans to frack in this country and like many residents, am worried by Aurora’s plans to frack here in Altcar, West Lancashire. Already I have contacted Lancashire County Council, the Environment Agency and Public Health England to raise my concerns over the impact fracking would have on my constituents in West Lancashire and I continue to work closely with local anti-fracking groups.

“As part of the campaign, I have invited the Shadow Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change Barry Gardiner MP to join me on site in Altcar to consider the many, many concerns and hear directly from residents of West Lancashire. This is the tip of the iceberg – if Altcar goes to plan, Ormskirk, Burscough or Skelmersdale could be next.

“I am extremely grateful to Barry for giving his time to come and see the impacts of fracking on our communities here in Lancashire, and for continuing to ensure that anti-fracking policy is a key part of our frontbench position.”

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change Barry Gardiner MP said:
“I am pleased to come and visit both sites at Altcar and Preston New Road to demonstrate mine and Labour’s backing for communities and action groups who oppose fracking in this country, and I thank Rosie Cooper and The Moss Alliance for inviting me.

“The Government’s decision to overrule Lancashire County Council’s rejection of fracking bulldozes local democracy and risks locking Britain into an old-fashioned dirty energy infrastructure when we should be seizing the opportunities for new long-term jobs and investment in a clean energy future.

“Cuadrilla’s own figures on jobs show they would be very temporary, and their claims that fracking will lower British energy bills have been discredited.

“Tory ministers pay lip service to tackling climate change but are bending over backwards to force through new fossil fuel infrastructure, through tax breaks and ministerial powers that override the wishes of local communities.

“The next Labour government will ban fracking and focus on unlocking the jobs and growth that a new clean low-carbon energy infrastructure can provide for our industry, workforce and communities.”

The Moss Alliance spokespersons John Wilkinson and Maureen Mills commented:
“We are grateful for Rosie’s continued support for our campaign and Barry Gardiner for coming to visit as it is vital we keep this at the forefront of the public’s attention and ensure we continue to fight against this government who are ideologically driven to allow fracking – at all costs.”

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