Blackpool residents have been sharing their experiences of the bank holiday earth tremors caused by Cuadrilla’s fracking at Preston New Road with Gordon.
Following the 2.9 tremor on Bank Holiday Monday, Gordon has received many e-mails from people living across the town describing what they heard and many calling for a complete ban on fracking.
Gordon is now following up his letter to the Government’s Environment Secretary by writing to the Oil and Gas Authority asking for a clear timetable for the investigation into the tremors. He will also use his letter to highlight some of the experiences local residents felt from the tremors.
He said: “It was really useful to hear from some of my constituents affected by the tremors caused from the fracking. They all explained what they felt and they are understandably very concerned about them and the fear of more.
“When I was at Preston New Road on Saturday to give my continued opposition to fracking, it is clear, local people want an immediate and permanent ban on fracking. We need a full independent investigation into what happened with a reasonable timescale – that’s why I have written to the Government and Oil and Gas authority with those demands. This mess has been caused by Tory Ministers who rode roughshod over Lancashire County Council to allow fracking in the first place. If they don’t end fracking now, no ifs, no buts, the next Labour Government will.”
He met with Elva Knott of Moss House Road. She said “We’ve had a few earth tremors over the years I have lived here but none were accompanied by the explosive bang I heard that morning. I was just sitting on the sofa when it happened – it didn’t last for long but it was disturbing experience. I’m worried because the site is only a few miles from a built up area – if these tremors carry on and get bigger they could end up doing a lot of damage.”.
Amanda Bennett, who lives on Redwood Boulevard and only moved in April, said: “I was just making breakfast and watching TV when I heard this really loud rumble – it felt like it was coming from underneath the surface. It was big enough to make the wardrobe doors fly open and put some cracks in the wall. My two dogs Freddy and Bertie came rushing up the stairs and started to panic as well. For a few hours afterwards Freddy was still terrified and shaking from the experience. I didn’t really think about the fracking but then I saw everyone talking about it on social media and saying similar.”
Gordon also visited David Squires at his house on Hawes Side Lane. The property is over a hundred years old. He said: “I was sitting in my chair in the front room and it was as if the chair just lifted. A noise from the windows then followed. I have never experienced anything like it. I wasn’t really for or against fracking before but when it starts to cause unnatural things like these tremors I think it needs to stop. Because of the age of our house I am concerned about the structural impact these tremors are having.”