Oppose fracking in Hyndburn and East Lancashire

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Permission was granted during the 14th round of licences from the Oil and Gas Authority for exploratory work to take place in Hyndburn.

The Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences in the Ordinance Survey Grid Squares SD 73 and SD 83, in which the company named as Osprey would be concentrating their activities, cover 10km by 10km blocks. Operations will cover significant parts of Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle as well as the area around Whalley in the Ribble Valley. The web page showing the details can be found here.

(It should also be noted that at a public meeting on 4th May 2016 at St Christopher's School in Hyndburn, the energy company involved was named as Celtique, in partnership with Investcan UK Limited and Celtique Energie Petroleum Limited)

The licences do not give the applicants permission to drill and they must apply to the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the local Councils, the Oil and Gas Authority and the Department for Energy and Climate Change with an evidence-based report.

However, despite opposition from the local authorities, Cuadrilla were granted permission to drill in West Lancashire. This has caused huge disruptions to local infrastructure and cost the Lancashire Constabulary many thousands of pounds of staff time. The views of the public and elected representatives was seen to be ignored.

Concerns have been raised about the potential impact on the environment and in an age where climate change now has its own Government department it seems a backward step to be looking to use more fossil fuels rather than renewable energy sources.

Any application for drilling would have to be evidence-based and abide by planning laws which in some cases override the wishes of local Councils. However, due to the potential impact on the local taxpayers, I cannot support any attempts to start drilling in Hyndburn.

The responsible Minister is Rt Hon Greg Clark who is Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and I will be writing to him to express my concerns.

Please sign this petition if you do not wish to see fracking in Hyndburn and East Lancashire.



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