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SALFORD COUNCIL INVESTS IN FRACKING COMPANY IGAS
 

Star date: 20th December 2013

SALFORD COUNCIL INVESTS IN IGAS VIA PENSION FUND

"The layers of corruption and vested interests are starting to become clear" Helen Chuntso

Salford Council, via the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, has been found to be investing in IGas, the company that is causing all the controversy in Barton Moss with its exploratory drilling activities, campaign group Frack Free Greater Manchester has discovered.

As Salford Labour Party, which controls the Council, refuses to condemn fracking, this is bound to lead to questions about a potential conflict of interest. Meanwhile, today there were more protests at Barton Moss as part of the IGas drilling rig arrived at the site.

Full details here…


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Frack Free Greater Manchester has discovered that Salford Council and Trafford Council, which host potential sites for the controversial practice of fracking, are actually investing in IGas, the company which is currently beginning exploratory drilling at Barton Moss in Salford. Trafford Council is due to consider an application from IGas to extend their planning permission for coal bed methane exploration at Davyhulme.

While the permit IGas holds in Salford is for coal bed methane exploration, the company has admitted that it is also investigating future extraction of shale gas by fracking.

Salford and Trafford Councils are investing in IGas via staff contributions to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund which holds millions of pounds worth of shares in the Henderson Group which, in turn, is listed as one of the main five investors in IGas through its subsidiary, Henderson Global Investors.

Frack Free Greater Manchester has also revealed that the Greater Manchester Pension Fund also holds total investments worth £107.5million in a whole range of companies either directly or indirectly associated with fracking.

"I am shocked and appalled" says local resident Helen Chuntso "We are here fighting tooth and nail to stop the destruction of our community by fracking companies and we find that our local council will profit if they are successful. They are elected to look after local interests yet they have financial interests that go against us."

"The layers of corruption and vested interests are starting to become clear" she adds "We have a Government that employs executives from the fracking industry, such as Lord Browne, as its Cabinet advisers. And now it emerges that our local councils - who should act as a check and balance - also have vested interests in seeing these companies profit. But they have underestimated local opposition - we will not allow fracking to destroy our communities, not here or anywhere in the country."

Meanwhile, Salford Labour Party, which controls Salford Council, has refused to condemn fracking.

The Party's leaflet, Labour Voice, which is currently being put through doors in Salford, is stating that "Fracking should only take place where it's safe", that it "should be closely monitored" and that it "should provide benefits for local people", laying the ground, some might argue, for the future go-ahead of fracking in Salford.

In light of the Frack Free Greater Manchester investment findings Salford Labour Party's position is bound to lead to questions about a potential conflict of interest.

"We call on all local authorities who are considering planning applications for Unconventional Gas Extraction to divest their Pension Funds from all fracking companies" says Robbie Gillett, from Frack Free Greater Manchester.

Today, there were more protests at the IGas site, as part of the drilling rig was brought in via a convoy with a big police presence. Meanwhile, four campaigners arrested at last week's protests were given unconditional bail at Trafford Magistrates Court this morning – and were back on site this afternoon.

Photos by Steven Speed

Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 10:45:47 on 24 May 2014
Fracking the Republican Party in the USA( TORYS) wants a law passing to make it illegal for anybody to reveal what Chemicals are used in the Fracking Process. Anybody found guilty of the offence faces a stiff prison Sentence/.So much for the land of the Free/ Same lying freeloading Self servers as we have in the UK.
 
Kelly wrote
at 04:51:28 on 24 December 2013
i am a cadishead resident fully against fracking along with the other 40 plus members of my family in the area.. it kills me to think that there is actually people out there who work for these companies knowing what effect this will have on the future of their children and granchildren yat they still do it for money! the corrupt world we live in!!! Its all power and money! This is the only planet we have..we have nothing without the earth we stand on .. the guilt thst these ppl must have when they look into their kids eyes must be unbeareable knowing they are shafting their future generations on a daily basis! If not hese ppl must really have no souls! i will fight till the day i die for the future of my kids its a shame not all are like minded!
 
Richard wrote
at 04:50:31 on 24 December 2013
I was born in Oldham so this part of GB has a special place in my heart. What a shocking story! Talk about a 'conflict of interest' Totally corrupt and wholly unethical. I do hope the good people of Salford and Trafford are going to fight tooth and nail to make sure the planning permission isn't granted. I know it's a David Vs Goliath battle, especially when our equally corrupt national government is pushing for shale gas. The government ADMIT that fracking can harm the water supply in their own report but they hide this admission inside a conditional denial. Basically, they say, there is no risk to water supplies IF the wall of the well is in good condition. While this is verbally denying the risks to our water it is actually saying that Fracking CAN indeed contaminate our water if the wall of the well is damaged. The language used in this government report is clearly biased towards a pro-fracking agenda. Just like the example I have given about, it is not an evidence based report of the facts, it is a clear manipulation intended to put forward a strong argument in favor of fracking. Does anyone really trust these giant energy corporations to continuously test the stability of their well's wall? Also, does anyone really believe they will stop drilling if one of their well walls started to leak? Remember, these are profit motivated energy corporations who have consistently demonstrated a care-free view of the environment. These energy corporations have a reputation of cutting corners to save money, so, I don't for one second think they will cease production if they spring a leak. I'd bet they have rules in place where production continues until the leak gets to a certain size. This is speculative on my part but I know how these giant corporations work. Obviously, our national government has been bought by the lobbying energy companies to support shale so it's POINTLESS pleading with Government because their mind has already been paid for. These MP's are either incredibly naive or they just don't care if they believe the shale wells won't spring a leak. Mark my words, these leaks will occur ALL OVER the country and it will already be too late by the time we discover them. It would probably be wise to test your home water before you drink from now on. One final point. In this same government report, they do show a concern that fracking could cause earthquakes after two small quakes in the Birmingham area back in 2011. If you want to read this report, here is a link: The unconventional hydrocarbon resources of Britain's onshore basins - shale gas report: http://tinyurl.com/ksspnxo
 
John wrote
at 04:43:48 on 24 December 2013
I will harp on one more time in capitals; STOP PAYING THEM TO DO THIS TO YOU. No council tax, no money to invest!!! They can't put the whole of Salford in jail.
 
Michael O'Neill wrote
at 04:43:34 on 24 December 2013
An arm of the state siding with corpotate interests? Nothing new here. I hate to draw us back to the 80's but the neo liberal onslaught that closed mines up and down the country failed to invest in renewable clean energy sources, now we have a crises of sorts, forced to pay whatever private energy firms choose. With a lack of jobs, homegrown infrastructure and a global energy shortage, is it not time to really invest in long term green energy souces rather than limited short term fixes with unknown consequences.
 
Em3 wrote
at 14:44:26 on 23 December 2013
Great respect, love and seasons greetings to all the tough determined people on the anti-fracking site. Our (3) Salford hearts are with you. This land is our land!
 
IWR wrote
at 14:42:05 on 23 December 2013
Start jury nullifying tax dodger and welfare cheats, watch how fast the government sits up and listens to our concerns then!
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 07:26:21 on 23 December 2013
Just want to wish all the Anti Fracking people on the Moss All The Very Bet At Christmas And A Very Successful Campaign in the New Year You are doing a worthwhile thing and don't let the profit mad Establishment grind you down If Tracking was Worthwhile the Germans should have some of it THANKS
 
Gill Bloor wrote
at 03:55:59 on 23 December 2013
As a resident of Irlam (I live five mins from the fracking site) I am sick to death of the constant rubbish being spouted about it not being Irlam people who are against the fracking. I HAVE LIVED IN IRLAM SINCE BEFORE IT HAD HALF THE POPULATION IT HAS NOW AND I AM VERY MUCH AGAINST THE FRACKING!!! I used to run every day down the moss, like many people round here, I walked my dog there, took my children on bikes there and it was always a nice peaceful place to go and catch some fresh air. NOT ANY MORE!!! Now igas have decided to come along and rape the land, forcing their toxic chemicals into her, against her will!! Yes it is a disgusting as it sounds! More over we are about to come under attack from igas's chemical warfare, and I for one am NOT looking forward to it. I fear for my families lives, for my life and for the lives of my animals. The future is looking rather bleak right now and if anyone had bothered to actually ask the permission of people in Irlam I'm telling you now, the answer would be a BIG FAT NO!!! So to clarify, igas DO NOT HAVE MY PERMISSION to frack or "test drill" which is actually fracking anyway. go away igas and salford council you should be ashamed of yourself!!!!
 
Paul wrote
at 03:55:18 on 23 December 2013
I am a local resident, Lived in Irlam 12 years and Eccles 41 years. My concerns are for the businesses on Barton Moss road that are now having problems getting deliveries due to the protesters questioning every truck driver and when they block the road, all vehicles are stopped from going along the road, even if they are not going to the site. I have also heard that a security guard has been assaulted and drivers threatened (they are only trying to put food on the table and pay bills) and to cap it all, local residents have been threatened for speaking out against the protesters so how can you expect our support. Go home, as most of you are not from Irlam, Cadishead and Eccles and as a whole, i dont think we want you representing us.
 
Tommykirton wrote
at 03:55:10 on 23 December 2013
Salford Council,are a disgrace, they have put our money, yes our money. Not theirs into a drastic quick money making scam!!! all these Salford corrupt bastards, want shopping that's why, they live like Kings.Name and address supplied,you robbing bastards an I'm self employed.
 
The Fat End of The Wedge wrote
at 03:54:50 on 23 December 2013
Takem from 'Local Government Pension Scheme Myths Exposed', published and printed by UNISON: "Myth - 25% of council tax is spent on the LGPS Reality - This misrepresentation deliberately ignores the fact that 75% of local authority income comes from sources other than council tax. The true figure as reflected by the Society of County Treasurers is around 5% (£65 a year for the average council taxpayer)." So, like it or not, that's your money dear reader, also think about that figure the next time cuts are announced...
 
a davies wrote
at 03:53:17 on 23 December 2013
Mr wilson,Sir you are either very naive or just plain ignorant..There are dozens of locals involved in the anti fracking situation on the moss.Try googling it or just pay a visit..
 
Chaz wrote
at 03:53:07 on 23 December 2013
Steve requested a survey of Salfordians to counter the Telegraph bullshit. I'm 3 generations Salfordian, Langworthy/Seedley. Myself and my entire family are so so grateful for all of those brave people at Barton Moss Lane for putting their liberty on the line. If I'm really honest most people around here are so dumb about fracking (plus they've obviously not been properly informed) that if it wasn't for the people at BML the iGas scum would have just steamrollered it through. If any idiot here thinks that fracking is OK then they will have to tell me why its OK to frack my beloved City BUT fracking is banned in Germany, France, Ireland, Czech Republic, Austria....I could go on. What do these bright sparks know that those countries don't. And shame on them for even allowing Chinese, Canadian and French oil companies to rape the land of their forefathers without even a whimper the gutless cowards. BAN FRACKING EVERYWHERE NOW!!!!!
 
kenmckelvey wrote
at 03:52:36 on 23 December 2013
Why is Salford Council always so keen to implement Tory policies/I have heard Bolton have refused to evict anybody over the medieval Bed Tax that Salford is going to implement/ If Salford want to save us Council Tax Payers money why not sack 75% of their Fat Cats Advisors /Managers/ Councillors /And stop donations to iffy causes /If the council has got no money where do you find it to prop up your lost causesAnd when are you going to explain why we give so much to a Tory party supporter Peel Holdings/
 
Salford Lad wrote
at 03:52:17 on 23 December 2013
Dear John Wilson, Can I enquire as to what a quich census is please ? And the council investing in hoe pension funds ? I suspected they were dirty but this takes it to a whole new level !! Can I ask where you live please ? And as you seem to be so happy about fracking are you ok if I come round to your house, frack your back yard & poison your water supply so some of my mates can earn a few dirty quid ? Yours sincerely, Salford Lad
 
Mark Byrne wrote
at 20:25:30 on 22 December 2013
Dear Mr Wilson,I can assure you that there are many more than 3 local people involved in the Barton Moss protection Camp,I myself was there from the beginning until lately when bailed from the area,and am still helping when I can until I can return..There are many locals that are aware of it and have shown great support in which ever way they can(with busy lives),the people that live in the 2 cottages and other farmholders are overwhelmed with the support and info the Protectors have shared with them.they were told by Igas the chemicals were just a lubricant which cannot harm anyone ?? Also others that found out about the consultations were told there were no negative effects on the environment and no ?? disasters anywhere in the world. People in the area have been going there every day including the homeowners that live on chat Moss.Your info is ill informed and weak.the reason the numbers aren't larger is because GMP are systematically getting rid of locals. There have been over 5 arrests of locals,2 more than your poll.. The local council and IGas have hidden info which is the right of the General public they represent to know about. the Daily telegraph is on the payroll as is the BBC.... I would like to( as a local of 38 years and walker of Chat Moss and past resident of Irlam Moss)thank all of the people that have come from every city in the Northwest of England and beyond to put their lives on hold to support this Peaceful Protest... Well apart from GMP's treatment which has been disgustingly,intrusive threatening,intimidating and has caused injury to innocent local people... this is about the NW not just Barton/Irlam/Eccles what ever "the powers that be" decided to call it nowadays.. I call it Jones/Stewart country both tightly lipped about the whole matter ???
 
Jenny Ross wrote
at 20:25:27 on 22 December 2013
I can't possibly express enough my gratitude for the protectors at Barton Moss. I admire them so much and support them fully. Camping out in these conditions is no mean feat, and every day I think of what they weather to be there as our voice against fracking and coal-bed methane extraction. Not only that, but the heavy-handed policing has been another stress on people exercising their right to peaceful protest. The collective strength and courage of those who have given the people of Salford, and Greater Manchester, a voice against fracking denied to them by their own council and government, sets an example I hope will be followed around the country.
 
Marie Harvey wrote
at 20:25:16 on 22 December 2013
I am a massive supporter of the Anti-Fracking Camp. I visit the camp and take food, sometimes cooking on site. The people there are amazing and they really do deserve a medal for supporting our fight against iGas. There are already chemicals leaching out from a pipe on the fracking site into a local ditch so the destruction has begun. Our councillors are not interested as they have shares in Igas via their pension fund. It is a conflict of interest for which they should be ashamed. We locals do not want fracking and the destruction it causes, it will poison Chat Moss and all the surrounding areas. If we do not stand up for our rights who will? Certainly not our Mayor or our Councillors that's for sure.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 20:24:38 on 22 December 2013
So the council is investing in the fracking company? I suppose if the city blows up or falls into a big hole, the council will have succeed in taking the city to hell quicker than they planned.
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 20:24:28 on 22 December 2013
Bent , Corrupt , financial sweetners of a few $k for the neighbourhood ,Salford clowncil pension fund investment in dextors lab company igaze , open and shut case !!!!guilty as charged in the pockets of Igaze and Orange Peel utter Malakas
 
Sheena Golden wrote
at 19:48:36 on 22 December 2013
FEEL VERY LET DOWN IN WHAT IS HAPPENING AT BARTON.... I AM TOTALY AGAINST FRACKING AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT.... I SAY A MASSIVE BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ARE TRYING TO PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS LAND... I ALSO FEEL LET DOWN BY THE POLICE WHO IN MY EYES ARE BULLYING THESE GOOD PEOPLE.... JOBS FOR THE BOYS AND ALL THAT...... DISGUSTED .... WE HAVE HAD NO SAY IN THE MATTER AND ITS HAPPENING UNDER OUR VERY NOSES.... NEVER EVER AGAIN AM I GOING TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LETTING THIS HAPPEN MY VOTE....
 
Kay wrote
at 19:48:17 on 22 December 2013
I can't believe the council value profit more than our health and that of their children. Not to mention earthquakes, subsiding and the dozens of old mines dug in the area! No one wants it!
 
John Wilson wrote
at 19:30:58 on 22 December 2013
As a pension fund member I am more than happy tpinvest in igas, but the council has absolutely no influence on hoe pension funds are invested. Quich census today revealed only 3 people from the eccles irlam area involved in the protest while massive opposition from local residents and businesses to the protest. Please go back down south and leave us in peace. you are not wanted.
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 19:30:02 on 22 December 2013
Just got round to reading the Star Awards they are spot on /Pity you have got none for the lap dogs who do the running about for these New Labour Torys Who Robbed the Salford Tenants during Salfords Ethnic and Financial Cleansing doing their version of the Regeneration Budget / When all the winners Were the Developers and The Councils Partners in Crime the Housing Associations/ The Losers once again the people of Salford who lived in places like Duchy And Langworthy / Some of them are still fighting for Justice/Can you expose them At A Later Date Maybe / PS When are they going to finish Langworthy North ?
 
Marysa de Veer wrote
at 06:44:52 on 22 December 2013
It's important for those pensioners and employees disturbed by their pension fund being used in this way to write to their MP. An easy way to do this is https://www.writetothem.com
 
DC wrote
at 09:15:18 on 21 December 2013
Henderson Group. So It's a fair bet that anyone with a pension fund of any kind is also 'investing' in tracking. Me for one.
 
Scott wrote
at 09:15:06 on 21 December 2013
David Best, Salford enforcement officer is as much use as socks for snakes....individuals are come down on hard if rules are broken but the bigger companies they let them get away with whatever they want. Personally these council officers who should be there to protect the borough are getting back handers
 
daznez wrote
at 19:47:27 on 20 December 2013
excellent piece, thank you.
 
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