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TRAFFORD COUNCIL APPROVES EVIL TWIN OF FRACKING APPLICATION
 

Star date: 8th October 2015

TRAFFORD COUNCIL ACCUSED OF `SERIOUS DERELICTION OF DUTY TO LOCAL RESIDENTS'

Tonight, Trafford Council approved an IGas planning application to drill for Coal Bed Methane, seen as the `evil twin of fracking', right next to the Trafford Centre. The application was given the go-ahead despite concerns which Friends of the Earth stated would be a "serious dereliction of duty to local residents".

Salford anti-fracking campaigner, John Catterall, added "We've just got to keep fighting and fighting, and if it means occupying the land again then that's what we will do..."

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Despite serious concerns by green groups, including Friends of the Earth and the Breathe Clean Air Group, Trafford Council tonight approved an application by fracking firm IGas to drill for Coal Bed Methane on a site in Davyhulme by the M60 motorway and almost next to the Trafford Centre.

Coal Bed Methane (CBM) is gas which is trapped in coal layers, and to extract it  the coal seam must be depressurised by drilling vertically and then horizontally, whilst pumping out vast quantities of water from the coal layers. As the pressure is released, the gas starts to flow. CBM extraction does not always involve fracking, but is called the `evil twin of fracking', because it often does.

Before tonight's meeting, Friends of the Earth wrote to the Council setting out serious flaws in the Council planning officers' recommendation for approval, re-iterated at tonight's meeting, including health and safety, groundwater, climate change and air quality concerns, and the lack of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

"It is astonishing that Trafford Council planners have not required IGas to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment when EIAs are now being regularly required of unconventional oil and gas activities submitted to local planning authorities in England" said Manchester Friends of the Earth member and Trafford resident Pete Abel

"Granting planning permission for 25 years' worth of unconventional fossil fuel production without fully taking into account the environmental, climate change and air quality impacts would be a serious dereliction of our councillors' duty to local residents."

The Breathe Clean Air Group, which campaigned against Peel Holdings' incinerator, or BREP (Barton Renewable Energy Plant), added: "Trafford Council's recent Air Pollution Report shows that many residential roads and schools in Davyhulme and Urmston are already breaching EEC (legal) limits. Granting planning permission for more polluting processes is making an already illegal problem even worse.

"We should be working to improve local air quality, not causing more toxic air pollution" the Group explained "The chosen site is on the Davyhulme side of the M60 Motorway and next to the Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment Works. Drilling is planned to take place directly under the BREP Site. Is this safe?"

It's also right next to the Trafford Centre, a few hundred yards from the Salford border, on land where an anti-fracking site was set up 15 months ago, before being abandoned as the area was too toxic for campaigners (see previous Salford Star article click here).

Salford activist and anti-fracking campaigner, John Catterall, who was at the meeting, was staggered that councillors had approved the application by IGas...

"As far as I'm concerned, these people have never read the report" he said "One councillor even said `I've just come back from holiday and haven't had time to read the report but I trust these people'. Well, what kind of councillor is that?

"We've just got to keep fighting and fighting, and if it means occupying the land again then that's what we will do" he added "We're not just going to walk away from this we can't , we've been fighting it for too long..."

caroline gray wrote
at 07:51:41 on 14 October 2015
solar energy is the way forward..cutting grants..why? because once its up its free..no more eletric bills..also water butts can be used for bathing ..washing machines.same thing sunlight an rain both free ..whos mentioning water butts? on a farm they save so much money in cleaningpens etc.fracking is mad an harmfull

Kenneth mckelvey wrote
at 14:25:49 on 12 October 2015
The Northeren Powerhouse Will Be Unleashed Fracking / andThe Filth And Toxins that go's With it . those in The South Want Nothing to do with it Like France And Germany Its Another Tory Con Trick . Fracking Is Disasterous To the Environment and the People who live in the proximity of it . the UK Should Like France and Germany Bin It

KenStaff wrote
at 07:26:24 on 10 October 2015
Gas is going to be part of the transition to a low carbon economy China's smog kills more than a million each year but there's a clearer road ahead. For example Ship engines can operate on #LNG reduces SO2 emissions to near zero since no sulphur in LNGNOx and PM reduced 3/4. Diesel is the KILLER not Natural gas , cant you see you are all being worked by the bods making fat loads of money from GREEN energy, which in its current form has peaked awaiting newer technologies. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, Charlotte Church and The rest of the crowd are laughing all the way to the bank, as its just publicity for their SOAP shops, over priced designer labels and chart success, embrace this and take the benefits to the local causes and economy. Dont F++K Progress

Chaz wrote
at 07:26:13 on 10 October 2015
This was on the same day that we found out that the Worlds coral reefs have probably had it and on the same day that a solar energy firm has been driven into liquidation by the Tories shedding almost 1000 jobs. These councillors should be deeply ashamed of themselves and not forget that their names are now down as a matter of historical record recording exactly who the dangerous idiots of our time were. In the meantime it's left to the brave "ordinary" people to fight this abomination..but don't worry..we will..we HAVE to :(

Scott Cooper wrote
at 07:26:00 on 10 October 2015
And where will all the toxic water go that will be pumped out? 2 places, either to the sewage plant for treatment or direct into the canal. If it's the treatment plant how can toxic chemicals be removed from water by settlement and filtration beds.

Sean wrote
at 07:25:50 on 10 October 2015
This is an outrageous article, seriously misleading the public.

Miss Jackson wrote
at 07:25:36 on 10 October 2015
At last some common sense! it's about time a pilot scheme is implemented to show that the world will not suddenly implode and all the little kittens will not die

Karen Dean wrote
at 07:25:23 on 10 October 2015
Disgusted by the lack of support from Davyhulme local councillors over this, knowing full well residents are unhappy and already suffer enough from M60, ever expanding WwTW, trafford centre and associated traffic, air quality testing regularly failing inn area. BREP incinerator on way and now this. We are already a laughing stock in the world over Climate Change and renewable energy and the Bank of England governor Mark Chaney has hit out - yet all Trafford seems to care is a quick buck, forget the future consequences. We always loved living in Davyhulme, our family has been in the area over 50 years but we have become tired of local gov decisions that are polluting further our once nice place to live. We have decided to quit the areas :(

Marie Piekarski wrote
at 00:14:00 on 09 October 2015
Once again a working demonstration of how corporate influence taking precedence over our health!

Karen Burns wrote
at 00:13:57 on 09 October 2015
i can't believe Trafford councillors have ignored the wishes of their constituents and chose to oppose then instead by agreeing to this madness! The councillor who has been on holiday has just trivialised this objection! Thank you councillors!

Patrick Sudlow wrote
at 00:13:53 on 09 October 2015
The UK signed up to the Aarhus Convention, but I have yet to see it adhered to! The Aarhus Convention states that local communities should be involved in any decisions concerning ant effect on their environment. Also, Environmental Impact Assessments are supposed to be apart of any planning application. As the article states, there has been a serious dereliction of their duties by the council and councillors. One impact, not looked into, is subsidence. I used to live in Clayton, and subsidence was a frequent event during the life of Bradford Pits. This process, means there will be no supports, to stop subsidence. Endangering the Ship Canal and the motorway viaduct.

The Real Salford Lad wrote
at 00:13:23 on 09 October 2015
Looks like the Tories are really into creating a Northern Shytehouse full of pollution, they don't seem to give a flying feck, and how arrogant is Councillors not reading reports ? Isn't Trafford supposed to be Cameron's "model Council" ? Shows how shyte the Tories are innit ? All this is going to do is convert thousands more people to the anti-fracking movement and give people a nice, easy to get to, focal point for protests against the extreme energy industry ! Do these IGas dimwits never learn anything ? Of all the places to start fracking after the General Election ? They start with a site 200 yards from the busiest Shopping Centre in the North of England ! IGas FRACK OFF for good this time please

rose wrote
at 00:12:57 on 09 October 2015
and suddenly all the tory Councillor's homes go up for rent near by

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