The government has finally
listened. Today it rejected fossil fuel company Cuadrilla’s application for another fracking site at Roseacre Wood.
A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said:
“We are naturally disappointed about the decision on Roseacre Wood and will examine the details in full before reaching a position.
“However, we continue to be focused on the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, where we have recently released very encouraging flow test results from the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.
“Cuadrilla and its investors remain committed to this opportunity and the overall prize for the UK, which includes energy security, jobs and revenue for the country.
“These are all well within our grasp at Preston New Road and we seek to further prove this concept in the weeks and months to come.”
“We are absolutely delighted that at last the government is listening to communities and recognises the inherent unsuitability of Roseacre Wood and the surrounding roads for heavy traffic.
“This application was rejected at every level by over 90% of local residents, seven town and parish councils, twice by Fylde Borough and Lancashire County councils, by the original Planning Inspector and even two local conservative MPs!”
“This has caused considerable stress and anxiety, residents have shown great determination and resilience in trying to protect their communities. “At last our community can relax.”
“Over 13,000 people objected to the original plans. Our community has spent five years, thousands of hours and tens of thousands of pounds, producing evidence supporting Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission.
We are still very concerned about this government’s intention to push fracking on unwilling communities and we will do whatever we can to support other communities faced with this threat.
We sincerely hope that Cuadrilla will respect the decision of the second Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State and will not attempt to challenge this decision. If the company does, it will meet fierce and sustained opposition.
“Fracking is not wanted and not needed. It is neither safe nor sustainable. There is no social license and communities will not be bought.”