Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara concerned by reports of discharge of radioactive water into ship canal

Ship canalBarbara has been alerted to a report said to be on BBC One’s Inside Out North West programme showing at 7.30pm on Monday 27th January. She understands that the programme will say that almost two million gallons of radioactive waste water from fracking operations was legally discharged into the Manchester Ship Canal.

Reports suggest that during the programme Cuadrilla admits that the radioactive water from its fracking operations was disposed of in the ship canal after being taken to the United Utilities’ treatment works in Davyhulme, Trafford.

Barbara said:

“I am deeply concerned by these reports. It would be alarming to people living in Salford if it proves to be the case that such a large volume of radioactive water from shale gas fracking operations was discharged legally into the Manchester Ship Canal.
I would have questions for the Environment Agency about this and it may be that Salford City Council will want to look at these reports too.

“It is very worrying for Salford and the other authorities through which the Manchester Ship Canal passes that radioactive water could end up in the canal,  which passes close to people’s homes and to farms and businesses.

“I will be watching the programme and will be following up any concerns from the report directly with Government Ministers and the Environment Agency.”


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