Meeting called to fight fracking

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The fight against fracking is coming to Longridge after a local grandmother has been instrumental in calling a public meeting.

The fight against fracking is coming to Longridge after a local grandmother has been instrumental in calling a public meeting.

Maggie Hartley is one of a pair of local leaders campaigning against fracking firm Cuadrilla’s plans for hydraulic fracturing in the north-west.

She and Muriel Lord, Chipping’s Met Office weather recorder, have put out an open invitation to the Longridge public to attend, with personal invitations going to town councillors, local dairy farmers and cheese makers plus others “whose businesses will undoubtedly be affected,”

Established campaigners Residents Against Fylde Fracking will present their case against fracking and answer questions at the meeting.

Cuadrilla has also been invited, but had not responded at the time of going to press.

Maggie stressed: “We would particularly ask that councillors try to be there as it appears that up to now their only briefings about hydraulic fracturing have been presentations by the pro-fracking lobby, led by Cuadrilla, which has been granted the onshore gas and oil licence for most of the north west.”

“It would be helpful for councillors to hear both sides of the debate and we will be sending out invitations to all of them.”

RAFF has spent two years researching fracturing, but it was not until last August Maggie heard of fracking.

The meeting takes place next Tuesday, November 12 at The Old Station off Berry Lane, and will run from 7pm to 9pm.

Maggie has archived articles relating to all aspects of fracking on her Facebook page which is called Longridge against Fracking which can be accessed by anyone.

For more details, she can be contacted on 01772 783128 and her email is hartley_maggie_5@yahoo.co.uk.