Updated: Lancashire campaigner prepares for legal fight against government approval of Cuadrilla fracking plans

gayzer-frackman-edit-160919An anti-fracking campaigner has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge to any government approval of Cuadrilla’s plans for shale gas exploration in Lancashire.

Gayzer Frackman, from Lytham, told an event at a London chambers he expected the government would permit fracking near Blackpool.

Community groups’ reaction

Two groups which were represented at the public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeals responded to Mr Frackman’s action.

A spokesperson for Preston New Road Action Group said:

“Preston New Road Action Group are a Rule 6 party on the Cuadrilla appeals case currently with the Secretary of State. We have been involved with our own legal team and expert witnesses through the planning process and public inquiry. Our future action depends on the outcome of the Secretary of State’s decision. We have had no knowledge or participation in this particular legal action. We do however, recognise the rapidly growing opposition to fracking across the UK and understand that individuals may wish to make their own personal stand against it.”

A spokesperson for Roseacre Awareness Group said:

“Roseacre Awareness Group were very surprised to hear about Mr Frackman’s legal challenge and Crowdjustice fundraiser launched last night. Whilst we admire his dedication and persistence he does not actually speak for, nor represent, our group.  Roseacre Awareness Group, together with Preston New Road Action Group and Friends of the Earth, acted as a Rule 6 party at the recent Public Inquiry and we are currently awaiting the decision from the Secretary of State before deciding on our next move. We will be taking our own legal advice, as to the best way forward, but this will very much depend on what the Secretary of State determines.”

The Communities and Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid, will announce within days whether Cuadrilla should be allowed to frack at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.The company appealed against Lancashire County Council’s decisions in June last year to refuse planning permission for both sites. The inspector at a six-week public inquiry in Blackpool has already submitted her recommendations to the government. The final decision by Mr Javid will be announced by 6 October 2016.Two community groups, which took part in the appeal, have said their future action would depend on Mr Javid’s decision

Updated 21/9/2016 with statements from Preston New Road Action Group and Roseacre Awareness Group

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