Council Urged: No Fracking in Lancashire – Take Responsibility for Existing Risk!

River Ribble
River Ribble

Letter sent today to all Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee members.

Dear Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee,

Radiation Free Lakeland are a voluntary group with supporters in Cumbria and Lancashire and we are writing to you to oppose the two applications for fracking you are considering tomorrow.

Both Lancashire and Cumbria already have an intolerable burden of accumulating radioactive wastes from the nuclear industry without adding fracking wastes to the mix. Tommorrow you will receive copies of 101 letters from people in both Cumbria and Lancashire asking that these two county councils get together to reinstate independent radiation monitoring.

We applaud Cumbria County Council’s opposition to geological disposal of nuclear wastes. However the support for new nuclear build and the accelerating dispersal of radioactive wastes from the nuclear industry by novel routes is already a very real and present threat to the people of the North West. Without adding Fracking to the toxic mix, there is already an escalation of risk to the public with:

  1. Proposed accelerated imports of Uranium Hexaflouride for new nuclear reactors.
  2. Uranium Enrichment at Capenhurst in Cheshire.
  3. Fuel manufacture at Springfields in Preston.
  4. At each stage there is dispersal of radioactive waste to the environment: to air, to landfill to watercourses eg the River Ribble.

At the same time as the acceleration of radioactivity to the environment is increasing the health risk to the people of the North West, there is an abdication of responsibility for that risk. We ask that Lancashire County Council take responsibility and

  1. Refuse all applications for fracking
  2. Reintroduce independent radioactive monitoring in Lancashire of the kind Lancashire County Council (Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire) did up until it was scrapped due to Council cuts a few years ago.

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby

On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland


Radiation Free Lakeland!

Radioactive Risks of Fracking

Radioactive Risks of Nuclear

Letter to Cumbria Cabinet asking for reinstatement of Radiation Monitoring

Correspondence with Lancashire County Council’s Chief Scientist

From: ENV Lancashire County Scientific Services
Date: 31 March 2014 14:44:29 BST
To: ‘marianne Birkby’

Subject: RE: RADMIL

Dear Ms Birkby

The decision to discontinue radiation monitoring was taken about three years ago
by the Lancashire Chief Environmental Health Officers group. This was mainly due to budgetary pressure and the recognition that the background levels of radiation were very well established.

It was also decided that the remaining equipment would be held by Lancashire
County Scientific Services and maintained in good working order in case it might
assist in the recovery phase of an nuclear incident.

As the pressures on budgets have not eased I cannot see RADMIL being reinstated in the foreseeable future.

I hope this answers your question adequately. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


Andrew Smith, BSc., PhD., M.Chem.A., C.Sci., C.Chem., M.R.S.C.

Lancashire County Council
County Scientific Services
Pedders Way
Riversway Docklands
Tel: 01772 721660 (Office)

8 thoughts on “Council Urged: No Fracking in Lancashire – Take Responsibility for Existing Risk!

  1. Andrew Kidd

    Excellent letter.

    Sunday Times business section page 8 half page article “Is nuclear power really worth it?”

    Makes a case against new developments on purely cost grounds, but fits rather well within the big picture.

    Can post it to the Milnthorpe address (or wherever) if you wish.



    1. Many thanks Andrew – yes saw the excellent sunday times article – not normally known for their anti nuclear stance eh? The economists might just be the ones to stop nuclear in its £££££ tracks!

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