Lancashire residents win extra time to respond to fracking plans
Resident groups opposing fracking plans in Lancashire and Friends of the Earth have welcomed an extension to the time allowed to respond to two major consultations on Cuadrilla's proposed fracking sites in the Fylde.
The Environment Agency has given a further four weeks for responses to be submitted regarding environmental permit applications, while Lancashire County Council has given local people a further nine weeks to respond to Cuadrilla's plans to drill and frack at the Little Plumpton and Roseacre sites.
The extensions were announced following calls from local residents in the Fylde and action by Friends of the Earth acting on behalf of a local campaigner, Bob Dennett.
Responding to news of the extensions, Bob Dennett said
"It's completely unreasonable to expect local residents to read and respond to thousands of pages of detail on the proposed fracking operations in just three weeks. We're relieved both the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council have seen sense and granted extensions."
Helen Rimmer, North West campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said:
"Communities in Lancashire are guinea pigs for Cameron and the industry's grand fracking plans.
“The proposals for multiple well frack sites have attracted much opposition from across the county and beyond, and regulators are under intense public scrutiny.
"We don't need risky fracking when the real solutions to energy security are energy efficiency and developing the UK's vast renewable potential."