Fracking has been a prominent issue in the media and Salford, Fylde and now West Lancashire & Sefton have been at the forefront of campaigns for and against this controversial form of energy.
We are specifically opposed to fracking on SSSI and nature reserves in our area, with concerns over the effects on the local water supply and how the companies will dispose of the waste water. At a national level, we have concerns over evidence that commercial levels of fracking will mean that the UK Government does not meet its own legally-binding carbon-emission targets.
Statement on Fracking
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside has been working tirelessly for over 55 years, protecting local wildlife and environments, and championing the very best outcomes for Lancashire’s wildlife.
The Trust has opposed fracking in the strongest possible terms, as we believe that it represents a global threat to wildlife and the environment. We objected to planning applications for test-fracking in Fylde, Lancashire, on the basis that these didn’t fully meet British Standard 42020:2013 on Biodiversity: Code of Practice for Planning & Development. We were also concerned that the applications did not follow the objectives of the Lancashire Climate Change Strategy 2009-2020.
We have made our voice heard loudly during the planning process for fracking – as a wildlife charity, we are bound to object on the grounds of our core charitable objectives, but as a group of passionate and driven staff and volunteers, we also feel strongly that we must stand up if wildlife stands to be threatened in any way.
The core objective of our charity, which our members so strongly support us to deliver, is wildlife protection and recovery. It is on this basis that we have objected to fracking and will continue to do so whilst we see no evidence that this risk is being addressed.
Beyond fracking, the Trust has a long standing history of restoring local landscapes that have been devastated by hard industrial practice – from Wigan Flashes to Brockholes – and by industrial agricultural practices. Our passion to first protect and then restore nature to urban and rural landscapes, and to our seas, for the good of wildlife will remain fierce.
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside will continue as watchdogs for the fracking process. We will object in the strongest possible terms to any current or future activity that damages or destroys our local wildlife and wild places.