The Fylde Labour Party is against Fracking and after today’s seismic event of 2.9 ML we will, along with other Lancashire Labour CLP’s and hardworking activists keep protesting against it.

A big thank you to everybody that turned up today, 26thAugust, to voice your concerns.

We have joined with our neighbouring CLPs in Blackpool North & Cleveleys and Fylde today to condemn fracking with a joint statement that’s going out to the press this afternoon:

JOINT STATEMENT ON TODAY’S EARTH TREMOR

This morning saw residents across the Fylde coast shaken awake at 8.31 by yet another earth tremor, this time measuring roughly 3.0, part of an alarming rise in the frequency and magnitude of such events locally since the commencement of fracking operations at the Preston New Rd site.

Due to the severity and level of concern amongst local residents we are taking the rare step of issuing this joint statement across Fylde, Blackpool South and Blackpool North & Cleveleys Constituency Labour Parties.

Today’s seismic events were felt as far apart as Bispham and Freckleton, and follow on from tremors felt over the past few days not only around the PNR site itself but throughout our community on the Fylde Coast. That these tremors are happening at all is concerning in itself, but the steady rise in number and strength should alarm everyone.

These events are not unprecedented, but instead are felt around the world when fracking takes place, and were predicted to happen here. What we have felt over the last few days has also come from Cuadrilla putting one well into operation. We can only imagine the damage and distress that we will feel across the Fylde should fracking operations be expanded to fields of wells throughout our countryside.

As local CLPs we condemn fracking taking place in our community, for our children’s sake and for the sake of our environment, our tourist trade and the negative effect it will have on our daily lives. This is also now above and beyond party politics, it’s about local people’s health and safety.

We urge local residents, wherever they live across the Fylde, to contact their local MP and share any concerns they have, and to ask them what their stance on fracking is. This is now about the ground beneath our feet, and it cannot continue.