This week, and days after the Paris Climate Conference, the Tory Government handed out new licenses for fracking in the `14th onshore oil and gas licensing round'.
While IGas already had the rights to frack around Eccles, Irlam, Cadishead and, infamously, Barton Moss, the new license awarded to Hutton Energy, covers areas including Worsley, Clifton, Pendlebury, Little Hulton, Walkden and Swinton, including the Civic Centre.
"These new licences mean thousands more people are at risk from dangerous fracking on their doorsteps" states Anna from Friends of the Earth "Fracking poses significant risks to people's health and local environment, as well as being incompatible with tackling climate change and the promises made in the recent Paris climate change agreement...it's more important than ever that we stand together to reject dirty dangerous fracking and demand a clean, safe energy future."
Meanwhile, Hutton's Managing Director David Messina commented: "We do not expect any wells to be drilled before year three of our work programs, at which point we will work closely with local communities during the planning application stages. We are committed to ensuring that residents are fully informed of our operations and understand the process of oil and gas exploration."
When IGas began exploratory drilling at Barton Moss, hundreds of Salford people joined the daily protests, and Hutton could expect similar resistance, particularly with the risk of rigs around Victoria Park, Swinton Golf Club, Blackleach Country Park and beauty spots in Clifton and Worsley.
To see an interactive fracking area map produced by Friends of the Earth – click here and enter your postcode
To order a Friends of the Earth Stop Fracking Action Pack – click here
To join one of the many anti-fracking groups in Salford search Facebook for `fracking'