Anti-fracking protesters took to the streets of Accrington.
Hyndburn Friends of the Earth were out in the town to call on council bosses not to approve controversial drilling for shale gas in the area.
The group posed with a giant swear box in Accrington town centre to show they believe fracking is a dirty word.
Campaigners and residents are demanding the county council declare itself ‘frack-free’.
The procedure involves extracting gas from shale by drilling into the ground then injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the rock at high pressure to force out the gas.
Dave Daly, from Hyndburn Friends of the Earth, said the group was in favour of clean energy.
He said: “We are faced with the prospect of thousands of wells which risk polluting our water and air while bringing little if any benefit to local communities.
“With a new licensing round coming up, Hyndburn could be next in the firing line to be fracked. We are calling on Lancashire County Council to reject the government’s plans for dirty fracking and back clean energy solutions which would bring thousands of new jobs to the county.”
The county council passed a fracking safety motion earlier this month calling for government action to ensure the safety of any future developments across Lancashire. Hyndburn councillors and East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have previously told the Observer that fracking could provide huge economic and employment benefits to the borough.