Gas battle goes on

Wrangle: The proposed site for gas storage in Preesall
Wrangle: The proposed site for gas storage in Preesall
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The campaign to stop an energy group storing 600 million cubic metres of natural gas in Lancashire will go on despite a High Court ruling quashing a Government decision, an MP vowed today.

Halite Energy had been refused planning permission for the underground site at Preesall in a long-running battle with council planners and residents.

But the High Court ruled that Energy Secretary Edward Davey was wrong when he refused to allow consent for the project in April last year.

Preston North and Wyre MP Ben Wallace said the fight would go on.

He said: “The law is quite clear – the minister has the final decision and all this mean is that he will have to comply with the ruling. This is not the end of the matter. It is a flawed application in the wrong area.”

Halite said: “The Board of Halite Energy Group will be working with its legal and planning advisers and looks forward to participating in the process that will lead to a redetermination of our application by the Secretary of State.”