Anti-fracking protesters picket test site near Chester


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A GROUP of protesters opposed to fracking picketed a drilling site near Chester.

Frack Free Farndon and Frack Free Dee joined forces to protest about Dart Energy’s drilling for Coal bed methane at Marsh House Lane, Farndon, on March 9.

The protesters say the fracking process is enviornmentally damaging and can create huge amounts of waste which contaminates water.

Farndon resident Kim Paterson said: “As a Farndon resident I am outraged at the prospect of the village and a huge area surrounding it being plundered by an Australian company funded by a French company through a process the dangers of which are clearly uncontrollable.

“This whole situation is wrong at every level from the instinctive to the academic – it must be stopped.”

The peaceful protest also marked the official launch of the recently formed Frack Free Dee coalition group, consisting of a number of already established anti-fracking groups from across Wirral, Chester and North Wales who have consolidated their actions in response to the increasing number of exploratory wells in the area.

Simon Bazley, a member of Frack Free Dee said: “I am increasingly frustrated by the fact that these damaging procedures are being given permission to occur. “This flies in the face of solid evidence from the USA and Australia where there have been all sorts of environmental incidents, including the poisoning of ground water.

“Here in the UK we have already seen earthquakes in Blackpool as a result of these types of processes. We need to protect the catchment area for our children. In order to raise awareness about these damaging processes. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with other communities who are also being threatened by these attacks.”

Dart Energy is currently drilling a number of test sites in the area but say they have no plans to frack to extract gas. They also maintain that the procedure is totally safe.

The protesters are also planning another protest this Sunday, March 16, at 1pm with groups from across the UK joining Farndon residents to protest against the drilling.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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