Life in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire is at a critical point. The community will make a giant step forward with the planned regeneration of the Waterside area, but if IGas is allowed to succeed with its proposals to test for Shale Gas it will mean two giant steps backward for Ellesmere Port.
5,000 residents who live within one kilometre of the well site in Portside North in Ellesmere Port have been made aware of the following facts in a leaflet –
- IGas has appealed against the Council’s decision to refuse permission to test the existing well at Portside North.
- IGas will pump Hydrochloric Acid and other chemicals underground to open pathways within the rock for gas to flow, bringing similar risks to those of fracking.
- Over 10 tonnes of gas could be flared off each day. Flaring is both polluting and very noisy and may continue for 24hrs per day for up to 90 days.
These facts have come as a great shock to a vast percentage of residents of Ellesmere Port but particularly to the residents of the brand new Persimmon & Anwyl estate off Rossmore Road. They were NEVER informed that their properties are only 350metres from the well site.