Placard waving anti-fracking protesters gathered outside Frodsham Community Centre to make their voices heard ahead of a meeting held to discuss shale gas extraction.

Energy company Ineos hosted the meeting on Tuesday (May 10) but Frack Free Dee arrived to make their case heard outside.

Ineos have acquired licences for unconventional gas exploration/extraction in the county. Their meeting was invite-only with parish and town councillors from Weaver Vale in attendance.

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Ineos say the meeting was held to introduce the company and explain its view of how​​ ​s​​​hale gas can be extracted safely​ and how shal​e can benefit ​l​ocal communities.

Following the meeting, Gary Haywood, CEO of INEOS Shale, said: “These meetings in Cheshire were the first step in our consultation programme to deliver an open dialogue with local communities. It is important for us to be transparent and offer two-way communication with local people.

“It was a pleasure to meet with town and parish councillors, who approached the subject with an open mind. We look forward to our public exhibitions later in the year as part of our continuing effort to tackle misconceptions around shale gas extraction.”

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A Facebook event for a peaceful demonstration had been created by Frack Free Dee to invite anyone interested in supporting the show of opposition to come down with ‘banners and placards’.

About 20 people turned up to express their feelings outside the meeting.

A Frack Free Frodsham and Helsby statement said: “Companies IGas and INEOS have been granted Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses in this area. Given recent land acquisition by IGas in nearby Bridge Trafford we feel that the threat is becoming more immediate.

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“Our communities are facing further industrialisation, with negative impacts to our environment and health, and yet our MP and local Councillors are not responding to our concerns.”

Ineos is a multinational chemicals company which employs 2,000 people in Cheshire and has considerable experience of fracking in the US.