On Sunday 2nd October 2016, local people from the area gathered outside the gates of Igas’ drill site in Ellesmere Port to highlight that the threat from fracking has not gone away, and to send a message of support to residents in the Fylde who this week await the decision by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, about whether he will overrule, or agree with, Lancashire County Council’s democratic decision to refuse Cuadrilla planning permission to frack at two green field sites in Lancashire (Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood). There could be up to four wells at each site.
Valerie Woods from Ellesmere Port described the situation as “… an act of solidarity. We here in Ellesmere Port are still under threat from this industry, IGas havent gone away, the site, the fence, the razor wire is all still here, we are waiting for them to put in their new planning applications by the end of the year. We have enough pollution in the air that we and our kids have to breathe and live with, enough is enough. The people in Lancashire have fought this through their own planning applications and the fracking company was turned down. Now they have to wait to find out if the government is going to overturn the local people and councils decision. What happens there could happen here, so we will support Lancashire however we can”
Mike Franklin from the Wirral added “Igas havent gone away, and nor have we. We have events coming up, on Wednesday 19th October at 7pm we have arranged a public meeting and presentation at Saint Saviours Parish on Tarporley Road in Ellesmere Port CH66 3JY where we can look at past campaigns and how we can learn from them, what we as ordinary people can do if industries like this are forced upon us.”
It is a view shared by everyone that they would support the people in Lancashire, whichever way the decision goes this week. If the democratic decision is upheld then it a reason to celebrate together. If not, then they will stand alongside each other, as local residents, mothers, fathers, friends, with a common link of protecting public health, and the health of their children, who will be most affected by the industry, and defending their right to make legal democratic decisions and have their voices heard.