Fracking permission takes a week in Texas but nine years in Britain, as the GWPF’s Dr Benny Peiser points out. Some objectors still claim the technique is unproven despite years of experience in the USA and elsewhere.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has upheld an appeal made by Cuadrilla in February against the decision by Lancashire County Council to refuse permission to carry out hydraulic fracturing at two sites in the region reports Utility Week.
In a letter to a lawyer representing the drilling company, Javid said it will be allowed to drill and then fracture four exploratory wells at its site on Preston New Road, subject to some conditions.
However, he said a decision on its application for another four wells at its Roseacre Wood site had been deferred. A report by the planning inspector had recommended that the Preston New Road application be approved but the Roseacre Wood application refused because of concerns over traffic.
Javid said he largely agreed with the findings of the report but had decided to allow more time for stakeholders to present evidence relating to the Roseacre Wood application. He said he would be “minded” to approve the application if “the highway safety issues identified by the inspector can be satisfactorily addressed”.
He added that Cuadrilla had demonstrated that “all material, social, economic or environmental impacts” would be “reduced to an acceptable level”, and that the sites would “represent a positive contribution towards the reduction of carbon”.
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From the GWPF:
Responding to the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities Sajid Javid, the GWPF’s director Dr Benny Peiser said:
“Britain may be sitting on a huge gold mine of cheap, abundant and comparatively clean energy that could supply the UK’s energy needs for a century or more. It’s high time to find out how much there is.”
“In Texas, it takes a week to get a permission for hydraulic fracturing of shale. In Britain, the wait has been going on for a whopping nine years. In 2007, Cuadrilla was granted a licence for shale gas exploration in Lancashire. Nine years later, not a single cubic foot of gas has been extracted. Hopefully, this Kafkaesque procrastination will now come to an end.”