Cuadrilla Defends Fracking Plans Following Application Rejection

Cuadrilla Defends Fracking Plans Following Application Rejection
Cuadrilla defends its proposed plans for shale gas fracking in northwest England, following Lancashire County Council's decision to reject the company's application due to traffic related issues.

Cuadrilla Resources has defended its proposed plans for shale gas fracking in northwest England, following Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) decision to reject the company’s application due to traffic related issues.

In a statement on Cuadrilla’s website, the company said:

“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.”

Although LCC rejected Cuadrilla’s recent fracking application due to traffic concerns, the council supported the company’s drilling and fracturing proposals. The council’s decision comes after LCC planning officer officials also rejected Cuadrilla’s proposed fracking scheme, because of the same traffic related reason, earlier this month.

Commenting on Cuadrilla’s rejected fracking application, UKOG Chief Executive Ken Cronin commented in an organization statement:

“We are saddened Lancashire County Council has rejected this application but it was expected given the officials’ report. The objections to this development are on narrow, local, site specific issues related to traffic, and on all the substantive environmental and safety matters relating to drilling of the well and hydraulic fracturing, the officials supported this application.”

LCC is scheduled to vote on a second Cuadrilla fracking application at a nearby site June 29.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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