Barbara has expressed serious concerns about the Environment Agency’s decision to grant IGas a mining waste permit for drilling at Barton Moss. The mining waste permit is needed by IGas to enable them to start exploratory drilling for coal bed methane and other gas reserves like shale gas at the Barton Moss site.
The permit has been granted despite strong opposition from Barbara and from local residents. Barbara had objected to the application and voiced serious concerns to the Environment Agency about the proposals.
“I am deeply disappointed to hear that the Environment Agency has ignored the concerns raised by me and local people and decided to grant IGas a mining waste permit. I know that this decision will be a blow to local people.
“I have serious concerns about the safety of the drilling process and the proximity of the drilling site to local homes, schools and to the mosslands at Chat Moss. I am concerned that there are safety risks for local people living and working in such close proximity to the proposed activity and that the drilling process could have a negative impact on their quality of life. I also fear that the process could damage the local environment and wildlife.
“I will continue to campaign alongside local residents to oppose exploration for shale gas at Barton Moss.”