Fracking tests to take place in Glazebury

Protests in Balcombe last year

Protests in Balcombe last year

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FRACKING tests are to be carried out in Glazebury, it has been confirmed this morning.

TESLA Exploration International Ltd wrote to Warrington Borough Council last week to tell the Town Hall of the intention to carry out 'three dimensional seismic survey' work within the Glazebury area.

The controversial fracking tests are taking place across the country with large scale protests ongoing at the Barton Moss site, close the M62 in Manchester.

The council's development manager Daniel Hartley commented: "Under the law, companies are not required to seek planning permission for this activity, but they must notify the relevant mineral planning authority, in this case Warrington Borough Council.

"The council does not have any say in the matter."

Warrington North MP Helen Jones is against the plans.

The Labour MP said: “I am opposed to this proposal, because of its impact on one of our lovely villages and the possible impact on the green belt.

“The technology is not proven and people will naturally be worried about the impact of this exploration.

“The Government should be investing more in energy-saving measures and renewable technologies to provide the jobs of the future, and Warrington people are well placed to get jobs in these industries.

“Yet apparently, the Prime Minister has told his ministers to cut out "the green crap". This is the result of that flawed decision.”

In a letter, seen by the Warrington Guardian, sent to the council, bosses at TESLA - who are carrying out the work on behalf of IGas - say work will start in the autumn and last for around six weeks.

But IGas say they do not intend to get seismic data from the area, putting them at odds with the letter sent to the council from TESLA.

An IGas spokesman added: "IGas commissioned TESLA to carry out a feasibility study over the Warrington area. 

"As part of that process TESLA would have informed local stakeholders of its work.  However, at this stage it is not our intention to acquire seismic data in the area."

Although no date has yet been confirmed.

The letter says the survey is part of a wider plan to map the geological structure of the region.

Holes will be drilled six metres deep at 50 metre gaps.

The council said further enquiries regarding the proposed survey or related activities should be addressed to: TESLA Exploration International Ltd Unit 2, Nix's Hill Nix's Hill Industrial Estate Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 7GN.

Or e-mail geophysics@teslaexploration.com 01773 838950

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2:12pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Pspeake says...

Can we wait to find out if Fracking is dangerous or not before we then find it already on our door step. It is possible that the activity has less effect than coal mining, but one just has to look at the number of housing surveys that have to be done before a mortgage is obtained. If all is found to be OK who will benefit from the extraction. I am sure it wont be the faithfull residents.
Can we wait to find out if Fracking is dangerous or not before we then find it already on our door step. It is possible that the activity has less effect than coal mining, but one just has to look at the number of housing surveys that have to be done before a mortgage is obtained. If all is found to be OK who will benefit from the extraction. I am sure it wont be the faithfull residents. Pspeake
  • Score: 2

6:31pm Thu 24 Apr 14

petetruth says...

All Onshore Un-Coventional gas extraction is dirty and dangerous.
It is not a proven technology.In Australia and America many wells are leaking dangerous chemicals into the ground and drinking water acquifers. The government,without consulting or asking the people have issued via the DECC thousands of licences to drill in the uk. The Fracking process involves pumping water,silicas and dangerous chemicals deep underground under extreme pressure to fracture the rock/shale. This process can cause earthquakes and has done in Blackpool. This ‘fracking liquor’ can leak into the ground also. All casings on wells fail in the end. In addition the ‘Flowback water’ some 400 tankers of water, is now too Radioactive to be disposed of in the drain system.It needs specialist treatment but there are currently no facilities to do this. These wells go down but then across for many miles.The government want to change a common law right to enable his licence holders to drill UNDER your property. Many insurance companies are questioning their ability to cover these properties. Warrington has 1x Coal bed methane site at Doe Green and 2 WBC permissions in place at Winwick and Woolston.
Please research this yourself. This is a personal project by David Cameron to pushing fracking on the people of the UK with no permission or ‘Social license’.You can see this by the ‘polictical policing’ taking place at Barton Moss. The government has admitted it won’t lower your fuel bills, just make a lot of his Eton cronies rich. It is dirty and dangerous and we need to act now to stop it.

It is our Childrens future at stake!
All Onshore Un-Coventional gas extraction is dirty and dangerous. It is not a proven technology.In Australia and America many wells are leaking dangerous chemicals into the ground and drinking water acquifers. The government,without consulting or asking the people have issued via the DECC thousands of licences to drill in the uk. The Fracking process involves pumping water,silicas and dangerous chemicals deep underground under extreme pressure to fracture the rock/shale. This process can cause earthquakes and has done in Blackpool. This ‘fracking liquor’ can leak into the ground also. All casings on wells fail in the end. In addition the ‘Flowback water’ some 400 tankers of water, is now too Radioactive to be disposed of in the drain system.It needs specialist treatment but there are currently no facilities to do this. These wells go down but then across for many miles.The government want to change a common law right to enable his licence holders to drill UNDER your property. Many insurance companies are questioning their ability to cover these properties. Warrington has 1x Coal bed methane site at Doe Green and 2 WBC permissions in place at Winwick and Woolston. Please research this yourself. This is a personal project by David Cameron to pushing fracking on the people of the UK with no permission or ‘Social license’.You can see this by the ‘polictical policing’ taking place at Barton Moss. The government has admitted it won’t lower your fuel bills, just make a lot of his Eton cronies rich. It is dirty and dangerous and we need to act now to stop it. It is our Childrens future at stake! petetruth
  • Score: 6

7:56am Fri 25 Apr 14

colin gong says...

Fracking (and cbm) has left a litany of environmental and human and animal health problems wherever it has been practised on the globe -mainly USA and australia . Considering that the UK is so much more densely populated , and hence has so much less room for error , only the criminally insane would suggest it is allowed to happen here .
The degree to which our government is now infiltrated by the oil and gas industry is shocking , and is the only reason an attempt is being made to forcefracking upon us .
Just 10 mins probing research will confirm as much for any intelligent person who knows how to 'read between the lines' .
Fracking (and cbm) has left a litany of environmental and human and animal health problems wherever it has been practised on the globe -mainly USA and australia . Considering that the UK is so much more densely populated , and hence has so much less room for error , only the criminally insane would suggest it is allowed to happen here . The degree to which our government is now infiltrated by the oil and gas industry is shocking , and is the only reason an attempt is being made to forcefracking upon us . Just 10 mins probing research will confirm as much for any intelligent person who knows how to 'read between the lines' . colin gong
  • Score: 1

11:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

creatascene says...

It is not just Glazebury, the area involved covers parts of Leigh, Astley, Boothstown, Ellenbrook and Worsley. right over to Barton Moss. Please see fb pages, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh and Ashton or Anti fracking warrington
for more details.or attend meeting in Leigh at The White Lion in Leigh town centre on 8 May at 7.30
It is not just Glazebury, the area involved covers parts of Leigh, Astley, Boothstown, Ellenbrook and Worsley. right over to Barton Moss. Please see fb pages, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh and Ashton or Anti fracking warrington for more details.or attend meeting in Leigh at The White Lion in Leigh town centre on 8 May at 7.30 creatascene
  • Score: 1

10:06pm Thu 1 May 14

chrisso50 says...

The best way to find out about fracking is to do some research on the web or speak to those that know what they are talking about. As Colin Gong says - fracking has left a trail of environmental disaster wherever it has taken place -mainly in the USA and Australia. Try reading Alan Tootill's book 'Fracking the UK' to see who, why, where and when this is likely to happen here. So far fracking has taken place at Preese Hall in Lancashire in 2011, it was accompanied by severe earth tremors that caused structural damage. We don't need it here in Leigh or Wigan - or indeed anywhere in the UK.

Would you like to know the REAL DEAL about fracking?
There is a zip file for Tootill's book with both .mobi (for kindle, tablets etc) and .pdf for pc etc.
http://www.frackingt
heuk.co.uk/frackingu
k.ZIP
Alan has told me that it’s fine to distribute this pdf of his book but if you’d like a handy hard copy just search for it on Amazon. He also writes a very useful (and witty!) weekly events and papers reference blog: Fracking Digest. You can get this here:
http://www.frackingd
igest.co.uk/

Please also see facebook group pages, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh and Makerfield or Anti Fracking Warrington or Frack Free Greater Manchester
for more details. Or attend a meeting at The White Lion in Leigh town centre on 8 May at 7.30.
The best way to find out about fracking is to do some research on the web or speak to those that know what they are talking about. As Colin Gong says - fracking has left a trail of environmental disaster wherever it has taken place -mainly in the USA and Australia. Try reading Alan Tootill's book 'Fracking the UK' to see who, why, where and when this is likely to happen here. So far fracking has taken place at Preese Hall in Lancashire in 2011, it was accompanied by severe earth tremors that caused structural damage. We don't need it here in Leigh or Wigan - or indeed anywhere in the UK. Would you like to know the REAL DEAL about fracking? There is a zip file for Tootill's book with both .mobi (for kindle, tablets etc) and .pdf for pc etc. http://www.frackingt heuk.co.uk/frackingu k.ZIP Alan has told me that it’s fine to distribute this pdf of his book but if you’d like a handy hard copy just search for it on Amazon. He also writes a very useful (and witty!) weekly events and papers reference blog: Fracking Digest. You can get this here: http://www.frackingd igest.co.uk/ Please also see facebook group pages, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh and Makerfield or Anti Fracking Warrington or Frack Free Greater Manchester for more details. Or attend a meeting at The White Lion in Leigh town centre on 8 May at 7.30. chrisso50
  • Score: 0

9:38am Mon 5 May 14

lassogaia says...

I wasn't too sure what 'fracking' actually was until the protests in Sussex last year. I decided not to read the newspapers about this issue, after all they all have their own political agendas, and also not to look at the government's own documents for the same reasons.
Instead, I decided to look at unbiased scientific studies that have been carried out in fracking areas and what I read made me sick. As with everything, I checked my sources. From peer reviewed journals, I learnt that our water will be contaminated with hundreds of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, that emissions will actually be HIGHER than expected and that there are increased seismic activities resulting in earthquakes and tremors. I was so shocked that I put a lot of these studies together into one document, which is now available on a few of the anti-fracking Facebook groups should anyone wish to look at it.
After this, I was confused. Really really confused. Why would our government think it is a good idea to do this to our health and our environment? And I found out the sickening truth - the government advisors who are advocating this energy source work also for the energy industry. Some of them have even closer ties that that - Lord Howell (former energy advisor), who is the president of the British Institute of Energy Economics (backed by Shell, BP etc.) is George Osborne's father-in-law! Other ties are equally disturbing.
I quickly decided that I would support the camp however I could at Barton Moss. I met a lot of really inspiring people from many different walks of life whenever I visited there. I was left shocked and outraged on several occasions when the police did their snatch and grab arrests. But I witnessed a community of people, many of whom had never met before, stand together and fight for the basic human right of clean air and water.
In December, I joined the Bolton Against Fracking group and we have met with our MP and also with councillors and people within the local community. We are spreading awareness as best as we can. There are no sites as yet proposed in Bolton but it's only a matter of time before they are.
All I can say to the people of Wigan, Warrington and Leigh is that you do not want this. It won't create extra jobs (the government have even said as much) nor will it get us cheaper energy (don't forget that the big energy companies will still have ultimate control over prices). Instead it will further pollute our air and water.
We really do need a full push for renewables URGENTLY.
Please make sure that you get to the meeting on the 8th May at 7.30 at The White Lion in Leigh.
x
I wasn't too sure what 'fracking' actually was until the protests in Sussex last year. I decided not to read the newspapers about this issue, after all they all have their own political agendas, and also not to look at the government's own documents for the same reasons. Instead, I decided to look at unbiased scientific studies that have been carried out in fracking areas and what I read made me sick. As with everything, I checked my sources. From peer reviewed journals, I learnt that our water will be contaminated with hundreds of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, that emissions will actually be HIGHER than expected and that there are increased seismic activities resulting in earthquakes and tremors. I was so shocked that I put a lot of these studies together into one document, which is now available on a few of the anti-fracking Facebook groups should anyone wish to look at it. After this, I was confused. Really really confused. Why would our government think it is a good idea to do this to our health and our environment? And I found out the sickening truth - the government advisors who are advocating this energy source work also for the energy industry. Some of them have even closer ties that that - Lord Howell (former energy advisor), who is the president of the British Institute of Energy Economics (backed by Shell, BP etc.) is George Osborne's father-in-law! Other ties are equally disturbing. I quickly decided that I would support the camp however I could at Barton Moss. I met a lot of really inspiring people from many different walks of life whenever I visited there. I was left shocked and outraged on several occasions when the police did their snatch and grab arrests. But I witnessed a community of people, many of whom had never met before, stand together and fight for the basic human right of clean air and water. In December, I joined the Bolton Against Fracking group and we have met with our MP and also with councillors and people within the local community. We are spreading awareness as best as we can. There are no sites as yet proposed in Bolton but it's only a matter of time before they are. All I can say to the people of Wigan, Warrington and Leigh is that you do not want this. It won't create extra jobs (the government have even said as much) nor will it get us cheaper energy (don't forget that the big energy companies will still have ultimate control over prices). Instead it will further pollute our air and water. We really do need a full push for renewables URGENTLY. Please make sure that you get to the meeting on the 8th May at 7.30 at The White Lion in Leigh. x lassogaia
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