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Hundreds of protestors have held a march and rally at Barton Moss in Salford, demonstrating against test drilling for shale gas.
Anti fracking groups from across the region demonstrated outside the perimeter fence that protects the drilling site.
Ralph Blunsom reports.
Anti fracking protestors hold a demonstration at Barton Moss in Salford in protest at test drilling in the area.
More than a hundred demonstrators are taking part including trades unionists and local residents.
Protestors will face representatives of fracking company Cuadrilla when they meet Hyndburn Council later.
Its over its plans to carry out tests for gas drilling.
Councillors have expressed concerns over the safety and environmental impact of the controversial technique.
MP for Worsley and Eccles South Barbara Keeley has criticised the scale of the police presence at the anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss.
Ms Keeley questioned the need for 150 specialist officers plus local officers from Greater Manchester Police at what is she called 'a very small protest'.
She said: '"I am worried that crime could rise locally as a result of our Greater Manchester police officers spending time at the Barton Moss protest rather than patrolling in our local communities.
“The scale and cost of the police force being used at the protest is an issue for tax-payers."
Greater Manchester Police however have rejected Ms Keeley's claims and says the number of officers at the protest is 'safe and sensible'
There has been a tense stand-off between anti-fracking protestors and police at a site in Salford.
Energy company IGas is preparing to start drilling in Barton Moss to see what type of gas or oil can be found.
But campaigners say they are worried about the environmental impact and are pledging to disrupt the process.
Elaine Willcox reports.
Anti-fracking protesters are staging a protest at Barton Moss in Salford.
The prostesters who are a mix of locals and environmental campaigners are promising direct action to stop drilling.
An energy company called I-Gas want to start the 12-week drilling programme on land in Irlam. But campaigners say they'll try to disrupt the operation because of concerns that the gas extraction, known as fracking, may contaminate the environment. Elaine Willcox hears both sides of the debate.
Ant-fracking campaigners have established a small protest camp near a proposed shale gas drilling site in Salford.
A small number of tents have been set up on Barton Moss, near Barton Aerodrome.
The oil and gas exploration company i-Gas look set to start exploratory drilling on the land soon.