Labour’s Fylde Coast MPs Gordon Marsden and Cat Smith have hit out at Cuadrilla – labelling the company’s intentions to resume fracking again at Preston New Road as “desperate”.

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Fracking on the Fylde hasn’t taken place since December last year because of red-level earth tremors caused by Cuadrilla – meaning they had to stop operations at the site. Gordon (Blackpool South) and Cat (Lancaster & Fleetwood), who’ve both opposed fracking and visited the site, said tremors caused by the fracking activity was proof it couldn’t be done safely. The biggest of these came on 11th December, measuring at 1.5ML.

Gordon and Cat said: “Cuadrilla are clearly hoping the change in Prime Minister will result in more support for fracking from the Government. It is a last desperate attempt to try and boost confidence in this unviable and unsafe industry.

“Fracking was strongly rejected here – but Tory Ministers rode roughshod over the County Council. It was a reckless decision by the Government to allow Cuadrilla to frack – we have been proved right that it can’t be done without causing these earth tremors.

“We have both been longstanding opponents of fracking and we have made our feelings very clear at every opportunity in Parliament. A Labour Government will ban fracking. Until such a ban is introduced, it is essential that local people have the final say about fracking activities in their area.

“Labour wants to create a Green Jobs Revolution that would help tackle climate change and provide sustainable energy for the future with 400,000 skilled jobs. The Fylde Coast is in a prime location to benefit from this and become a hub for renewables with solar, wind and tidal energy.”

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