Barbara is objecting to a proposal for coal bed methane drilling at Barton Moss. The proposal is to be discussed at a Council Planning Panel on Thursday 20th May and Barbara has sent in objections on behalf of local residents.
“Although the planning application is primarily for exploratory drilling, it also contains proposals involving future mining activity such as a new access road and the installation of wells and power generating facilities. If the drilling uncovers gas in commercially viable quantities, the long-term environmental effects of the subsequent mining must be considered too.
“Coal Bed Methane mining involves extracting groundwater from deep beneath the surface, which often contains high levels of salt and which can be damaging to soil structure and plants. I am concerned at the possible effects of the mining on the quality of land at Barton Moss.
“I am concerned about possible health risks to people living close to the site from dust from the exploratory drilling and any subsequent mining if permission is granted. Dust would also be generated from the increased traffic on local roads and could be linked to respiratory problems for some residents. The compressors used may also produce a high level of noise/vibration that would be a nuisance to people living near to the drilling site and I understand the site is as close as 500 yards from some residents’ homes.
“Finally, I am concerned about the impact on the wildlife and plants that already occupy the local area. The proposed access road off Barton Moss road as well as the drill pads, pipelines, power lines, transmission stations and compressors that accompany CBM mining will harm local wildlife and their habitat. Once wildlife and habitat are destroyed it is unlikely that they will be able to be reintroduced to pre-mining levels after work at the site is completed.
“There seems to have been very little consultation with local residents about this proposal – I understand that residents living on local farms and smallholdings and on the Brookhouse estate have not been consulted or informed. I don’t regard this proposal as being beneficial to the area and on behalf of local residents, I see the possible impacts on them of this proposal as unacceptable.”
Barbara, community campaigner Jackie Anderson and other campaigners and local residents who went on the walk to peat extraction sites at Chat Moss.