UKOOG welcomes the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, on hydraulic fracture wells in the Fylde area

6 October 2016

Following this morning's announcement by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Sajid Javid, please see below a statement by UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG):

UKOOG, the representative body for the onshore oil and gas industry, welcomes the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid, MP, to approve Cuadrilla's application to drill and hydraulically fracture four wells at Preston New Road in the Fylde area.

Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG commented:

"The approval of the application at Preston New Road is an important step forward towards determining what gas resources we have under our feet, with the aim of developing a sustainable onshore natural gas exploration industry in the UK. We need the gas to heat our homes, produce electricity, supply our industries and to reduce our dependency on imports. The onshore oil and gas industry is committed to producing this gas in the safest and most environmentally sensitive way possible and to creating jobs and opportunities in the supply chain.

"With respect to Roseacre Wood, the decision document highlights local transport issues which will require further consultation. All other issues as in Preston New Road have been addressed."

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About UKOOG:

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. www.ukoog.org.uk

 

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