Barbara attended the launch at Westminster of a report into fracking by leading wildlife groups including RSPB, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the Angling Trust plus the National Trust.
Barbara particularly welcomed the report's recommendations that there should be shale gas extraction exclusion areas and that the shale gas industry needed to have a more robust regulatory regime.
"I believe that exploration for shale gas should not have been permitted at Barton Moss. The site chosen is not suitable as operations there represent a threat to wildlife at Chat Moss and to animals and wildlife at Barton Moss.
Access to the site is via a road designated as a public footpath, and which used to be used by ramblers and local people walking in the area.
At the launch of this important report we discussed the threat posed by the shale gas industry to wildlife, leisure, agriculture and tourism. There has been too little consideration of the loss of Natural Capital in the rush of this Conservative-led Government to roll out fracking. I hope that this report will lead to more consideration of the impact that this industry could have on our precious mosslands in Salford."
Photo courtesy of Tom Rogers (Salfordonline)