It has been reported how Labour-controlled Salford Council have entered into a £15m contract with the Canadian firm Igas (formerly Nexes), to start fracking from the last green belt in the city, starting as early as next year.
Months before this information was revealed, Peel Holdings had been denied plans to start building on same site.
This left Igas free to apply to build a plant and explore for the shale gas. In 2011 the government banned fracking in the UK after it appeared to have caused two minor earthquakes in Blackpool.
The land where Igas, in partnership with the Salford City Council, want begin fracking (pumping water into the ground, to force gas out), is located off the M62, near Barton Moss Lane.
Other important areas nearby include Salford Rugby Grounds and Barton Aerodrome, both of which are very close to the planned site, as are many residential areas.
Locals are very worried and unhappy about the plans – especially since no one feels they have been informed by the council – nor by their local Labour Councillors.
These Labour Councillors claim to represent the community, yet they have said nothing and local voters feel let down.
Salford spokesman, Acting Northwest Regional Organiser, Gary Tumulty tells this site “It is disgraceful how the council treats this city, and yet we are just expected to put up with it.
These are people’s lives they are playing with - this is not a Monopoly board, Fracking is not safe, plans have to be scrapped before we have any incidents on our hands here”.
To contact Gary or Salford British National Party then drop an email to [email protected] ring 07909674006 or write to BNP, PO Box 16, Salford, M6 7PT
Gary Tumulty, Acting North West Regional Organiser
PO Box 16,Salford, M6 7PT