STATEMENT FROM CUADRILLA REGARDING LANCASHIRE COUNTRY COUNCIL’S DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE’S DECISION TO DENY PLANNING CONSENT FOR THE APPLICATION TO DRILL, FRACTURE AND FLOW TEST UP TO FOUR WELLS AT ROSEACRE WOOD

“We are disappointed but not surprised that Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee has denied planning consent for our application at Roseacre Wood, as their decision follows a negative recommendation by the Council’s Planning Officers.  We are committed to the responsible exploration and development of the huge quantity of natural gas locked up in the shale rock deep underneath Lancashire.  We will now take time to consider our options, including our right to appeal.

After a year since our application was submitted to the Council, The Planning Officer’s cited just one reason of traffic concerns for giving a negative recommendation.  We remain confident that our original proposed route, together with the proposed road improvements and traffic management plan, was safe and suitable for the modest level of HGV journeys proposed and met all necessary guidelines.

We completed the most comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments ever carried out for operations of this kind. These Assessments are the product of thousands of hours of work from independent expert environmental scientists and other engineering specialists and they demonstrate beyond question that the operations can and will be conducted safely and without damage to people’s health or their environment.   This view was supported by the Planning Officer’s report which only cited traffic concerns as a potential issue.

If we can unlock this shale gas potential it will help create jobs, generate economic growth, help fuel and heat local businesses and homes and boost local tax revenues for Lancashire.”

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