This Tuesday, 17th September, energy company IGas is holding an open day at Salford City Stadium (or whatever it's called since last week) to `explain' to the community what it's up to at its site off Barton Moss Road.
Exploratory drilling is due to begin next month down to a depth of 10,000ft, for what activists believe will be shale gas which involves the process of fracking, or `a disaster waiting to happen' as it's been slammed by campaigners (see previous Salford Star article – click here).
Two years ago, the process was suspended in the UK after earth tremors were felt near a site close to Blackpool but the ConDem Government has now given energy firms the green light to continue, and made planning permission easier to obtain.
"The Government is trying to force the issue on fracking for shale gas and David Cameron says he is `determined to win' the debate on this" says Barbara Keeley, Worsley and Eccles South MP "I know there are some real concerns and issues for people living close to the proposed shale gas drilling site in Barton Moss.
"Instead of listening and providing the answers that people need about this industrial process the Government is speeding up the planning and permit process" she adds "Important issues such as seismic activity, flaring and venting of gas and impact on groundwater supplies can no longer be considered when Salford City Council is deciding whether to grant planning permission for shale gas."
The Say No To Fracking On Barton Moss group is meeting outside the open day at 11am this Tuesday, 17th September, and want as many Salford people as possible to join them to oppose fracking in Salford.
For more details see the Say No To Fracking On Barton Moss facebook group – click here