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MASSIVE CONTAMINATION AROUND BARTON MOSS IGAS SITE JUDGE HEARS
 

Star date: 6th March 2015

COURT HEARS OF TOXIC CONTAMINATION AROUND IGAS SALFORD SITE

At Manchester Magistrates Court today, a District Judge heard expert evidence of contamination around the IGas exploratory drilling site in Barton Moss. Initial findings showed dangerously high levels of toxic PAHs and the hearing concerned the need for the experts to get new samples for further analysis. IGas and Peel Holdings have so far refused access to the site.

Today was a preparatory hearing in relation to defendants who face 51 charges connected to the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss last year.

Full details here...


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With previous press restrictions lifted today, some of the details have emerged about massive toxic contamination around the controversial IGas exploratory drilling site, the scene of huge anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss last year.

At Manchester Magistrates Court, District Judge Prowse acknowledged the "enormous public interest" in the case and the "dangerously high concentrations" of PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) found from samples taken near the IGas site.

PAHs include acenaphthylene, anthracene, benz[a]anthracene and chrysene - toxic carcinogenic substances which have major affects on human health, as well as on livestock and crops.

Expert witness for the defence, Dr Aidan Foley, told the court he had tested for 16 compounds but needed to go back to the site to get more samples so that he could fingerprint the actual source of the contamination. Both Peel Holdings, the owners of the land, and IGas, which rented its site from Peel, had refused access.

Dr Foley named a number of sources from where the contamination could have come from, including the M62 which goes past the site, historical dumping, Barton Aerodrome or from plant and machinery used at the IGas drilling site... "Would the logical conclusion be that it must have come off the site?" asked the Judge... "Yes" replied Dr Foley.

The expert witness for the Crown Prosecution Service wasn't called to give evidence as the hearing centred on access to the site and the need by the defence to obtain further samples, before any judgement could be made on whether IGas was guilty of criminal damage and breaches of environmental law. The result of that judgement will affect the cases of virtually all the Barton Moss protectors who were charged by Greater Manchester Police during the protests at the Salford site last year.

Judge Prowse adjourned the case while access to the Peel Holdings site is attempted again and subsequent samples analysed. The case is expected to come back to the Magistrates Court in June.

Speaking after the hearing, Simon Pook of Robert Lizar Solicitors told the Salford Star "We will continue to defend the lawful right of peaceful protest, as enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights, as the people at Barton Moss appeared to be doing at the time."

Present in court, taking notes, were members of Greater Manchester Police `domestic extremist' team.


Main photo by Steven Speed

Jimmyfish wrote
at 19:14:32 on 30 June 2015
T%he frightening thing is that Peerl Holdings and Igas are allowed to do this not allowing people on the site. They weill not tell what they are pumping into the earth, Of course they will say it is water, sand and a few chemicals -but what chemicals? (anyway can't gas be produced from poo and waste products)I am VERY upset about this, plus the fact that we have the American and Australian shining examples of misnmanagement.

Lewis Nelson wrote
at 08:34:49 on 09 June 2015
Brilliant work! Igas have no social licence to operate in the UK, especially not at Barton Moss. Hopefully Igas will be fined heavy and forced to pay for a mass cleanup operation. Worries me that this can happen, one wonders, could any of the pollutants be present as a result of the history of the site?

peter wrote
at 13:15:57 on 24 March 2015
go for it! Here on the Fylde we are also fighting the good fight against Cuadrilla and their accomplices, We all know who they are, surprise, surprise!

Biffo wrote
at 05:36:05 on 13 March 2015
What's happened to obscene salaried Lloyds ' independent ' report bullshit . Disappeared into a fracking. hole with all the other shite ..?

Chaz wrote
at 12:26:20 on 12 March 2015
Eve..search youtube "police brutality Barton Moss" and be horrified at what they did to us

Eve wrote
at 06:53:34 on 11 March 2015
absolutely outrageous! Arresting peaceful protesters?where are our rights to freedom of speech?. This most important right is what democracy is based on or are we being moved into a dictatorship , where our opinions are silenced. This is inverted indeed where those trying to stand up for the good of humanity are put in jail and those who do wrong are free to do as they please . Refusing access to site for further analysis is a blatant criminal offence . This issue has great ramifications for all . Peace and freedom for All

Megan Eden Coyne wrote
at 16:37:10 on 10 March 2015
Stand firm,peaceful protesters!

deBs wrote
at 21:01:04 on 08 March 2015
THIS IS WHEN THEY'RE TRYING!!! This is when they know everybody is watching them. This is them AT THEIR BEST?!?! And WTF?!? Peel and iGas get told that there's a possibility that there's massive contamination at the site AND THEY BLOCK ENTRY TO IT?!? Their first thought ISNT lets get this under control and clean it up, its LETS DENY AND COVER THIS UP!!! Could an organisation be any more low life?

Maggie Cosgrove wrote
at 10:53:27 on 07 March 2015
about time this was brought to the publics attention, maybe they will understand now why we spent 12 months protesting against fracking at Barton Moss. But it leaves me wondering about the long term effects it may have on our health

Rowena Sudbury wrote
at 10:19:49 on 07 March 2015
This has implications for the whole country. Please keep up the publicity to help the rest of us in the fight against the Government's toxic plans.

Chaz wrote
at 10:19:40 on 07 March 2015
Families with kiddies have been driving past that site for months with iGas and Peel refusing access?!? What absolute filthy dangerous scum they are!!! The kiddies home is 200yds away!?! Everybody involved with this should be arrested and jailed

Gabrielle wrote
at 10:18:41 on 07 March 2015
Praying that the hard work done by protesters to expose this mess & the Toxic time bomb that is UK Fracking is beginning to be heard now, as they speak for all of us who want REAL investment in the future, that's clean energy & healthy land & water for everyone!

Bob Dennett wrote
at 06:47:56 on 07 March 2015
Extremely good work. First the application refusal by LCC and now this, we are still winning and getting closer to the finish line every week.

James Larkin wrote
at 18:48:59 on 06 March 2015
Great report by Salford Star. The communities need to consider what if any the consequences are to their health! How much of this was known to GMP is this why they have thier terrorist officers in Court to mitigate thier actions in facilitating these chemicals into Barton Moss and into our communities.

adele wrote
at 17:11:29 on 06 March 2015
must have something to hide at the igas site. we locals have been very concerned about the possibility of contamination on our moss lands. this goes a long way to recognising that there is a problem. So glad the voice of the land is being heard, i hope that access is granted so soil can be tested in the vain hope that we can contain this pollution as much as possible. blessings all :-)

Michael Kelly wrote
at 17:11:14 on 06 March 2015
Good to see that Peel and IGas are not getting all their own way. Surprised that they have not tried to involve their buddies Salford City Council to muddy the waters (pun intended) somewhat. Whatever the outcome of this case it will surely give Salford Councillors and the council itself some cause for concern when any future planning applications come in that involve fracking or its pre-exploratory works.

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