Barbara is raising the concerns of local people living close to Barton Moss about leaks of hazardous materials and about radioactive materials being transported into the IGas drilling site at Barton Moss.
A lorry carrying hazardous materials into the IGas site on Barton Moss Road was spotted leaking white powder onto the vehicle and as a consequence into the environment around the site.
It has also been reported that a lorry has transported the radioactive substance caesium-137 into the site.
“It is worrying that hazardous substances are not being transported safely into the IGas site. I am also deeply concerned to hear that a lorry carrying a radioactive substance has been seen entering the IGas drilling site at Barton Moss. I could see no mention of the proposed use of this radioactive substance in the Mining Waste permit application submitted by Igas to the Environment Agency.
“The news of leaking deliveries and that IGas are suddenly talking about using nuclear materials will be a cause of fear or concern to people living, working or going to school near the site. Radioactive materials like caesium-137 may be used in hospital scanners but that is a controlled environment. These radioactive substances are being transported down an unsuitable minor road to a site in a field next to the M62 motorway. This not a controlled environment.
“I am asking the Environment Agency questions about this controversial development at the drilling site at Barton Moss and about the leaking of hazardous materials as they travel to and enter the site.”