LCC Planning Officer Recommendation
21 January 2015
UKOOG, the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry notes the recommendation by officials at Lancashire County Council with respect to the applications by Cuadrilla Resources at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.
Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG, said:
“The planning officers report concluded ‘….the principle of exploration and appraisal for shale gas would be acceptable and that in the proposed location impacts on air quality; archaeology and cultural heritage; greenhouse gas emissions; community and socio economics; ecology; hydrogeology and ground gas; induced seismicity and subsidence; land use; landscape and visual amenity; lighting; traffic; resources and waste; water resources or public health (except for noise) would be low or could be mitigated and controlled by condition to make them acceptable.’
“It is disappointing that officials at Lancashire County Council have come to this recommendation. The Grounds for refusal are local planning matters specific to these sites rather than any issues that would have an obvious impact on other shale gas applications. I am pleased that the report concluded that the concerns raised by environmental groups have been addressed”
Notes to editors:
Links to the recommendations by Lancashire County Council planning officers:
http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/documents/s55682/Roseacre Committee report.pdf
UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry, including exploration, production and storage. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level. Membership is open to all companies active in the onshore industry including those involved in the supply chain.