Both sides have their say on latest Lancashire fracking twist

Pictured: Helen Rimmer, Lee Petts and Francis Egan
Pictured: Helen Rimmer, Lee Petts and Francis Egan
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Here are what anti-fracking campaigners and business leaders had to say about the latest twist for fracking in Lancashire.

Friends of the Earth

North-West campaigner Helen Rimmer, pictured above: “We are delighted that the planning officers have recognised the serious effects that these developments would have on neighbouring residents and have recommended that LCC refuses these applications.

“Councillors must now act on this and the tens of thousands of objections they have received and reject Cuadrilla’s fracking applications next week. “

Greenpeace

Energy campaigner Simon Clydesdale: “We applaud the decision. Many thousands in Lancashire are seriously worried about the potential risks of fracking - traffic, noise, water contamination, air pollution and the value of their homes. The council faces a clear choice. They can listen to the planners and the Lancashire residents who elected them, or they can kowtow to the corporate and political interests.”

Fylde MP

Mark Menzies: “Officers have not come to this decision lightly and it is important councillors take on board the advice they have been given. I cannot tell them how to vote, but questions would have to be asked should officers’ advice be overturned.”

North West Energy Task Force

Spokesman Lee Petts, pictured above: “Natural gas from North West shale could be a massive opportunity for growth, onvestment, jobs and revenues in our region. The announcements are obviously disappointing, but we await the decision of the development control committee next week.”

Cuadrilla

Chief executive Francis Egan, pictured above: “On the issues of public health - other than noise - on the issues of air quality, seismicity or earth tremors, the council has concluded that none of those are reasons to refuse this application.

“They have concerns clearly, with night-time noise on one and noise and traffic on the other, but that would be the case for any planning application.”

United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG)

Spokesman: “It is disappointing that officials at Lancashire County Council have come to this recommendation.

“On first instance it appears that these are local planning matters specific to these sites rather than any issues that would have an obvious impact on other shale gas 
applications.”