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VERDICT ON BARTON MOSS CONTAMINATION CASE DUE ON SEPTEMBER 7TH
 

Star date: 4th August 2015

COURT FINALLY HEARS EVIDENCE ABOUT CONTAMINATION AT BARTON MOSS

At Manchester Magistrates Court today in the trial of more than 40 people arrested during the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss the court heard evidence about contamination at Barton Moss in Salford. A verdict on the evidence will now be heard in court on September 7th.

Full details here…

New evidence was heard today as a part of a trial of more than 40 people arrested during the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss in Spring 2014. The new report discussed historical contamination of land surrounding the iGas site, of glacial clay that was excavated when the drilling pad was constructed and of contaminants found in the drainage ditch alongside the compound.  

After last weeks adjournments where the prosecutions barrister failed to attend, (see Salford Star article – click here) Manchester Magistrates Court finally heard evidence from the prosecution's expert witness, Sarah Scott, of the Environment Agency and the expert witness for the defence, environmental scientist, Dr Aidan Foley.

Their evidence came after initial findings that were heard in March showed dangerously high levels of toxic PAHs on the land surrounding the iGas compound. These 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.

Until March Dr Foley had been refused access back onto the site by both Peel Holdings, the owners of the land, and iGas despite needing to get more samples so that he could identify the actual source of the contamination. Since then Dr Foley has been allowed back on to the site and todays hearing heard his report.

A verdict on this report is now being considered and will be heard in court on September 7th.
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 17:39:57 on 05 August 2015
Local Councillors in hiding ???? What's there opinion the silence is overwhelming !!!!!
 
no justice wrote
at 19:46:04 on 04 August 2015
You mean Manchester and Salford for hire magistrates courts. This is the court that gave an indefinite suspended prison sentence(illegal) to a Salford man for challenging the CSA calculations. The CSA a year later admitted it was wrong. When the matter was referred to the high court, the High court wrote to him and told him to get legal help as there was no case !!!! CSA hired the court for the day and filled it their own people .
 
James Larkin wrote
at 19:45:14 on 04 August 2015
if the land around the site is contaminated, there is a very serious question to be asked about public health, consumption of the crops and other products grown in or around Barton Moss IGas site. WTF
 
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