Mark Menzies attends council Energy Minister meeting

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies attended a meeting between Fylde borough councillors and the Energy Minister Matthew Hancock MP where elected members had the opportunity to raise issues surrounding shale gas exploration.

The Member of Parliament had previously told the Minister – who recently took up his role in charge of energy policy – that he should visit Fylde as soon as possible to answer questions over the process and take any concerns back to his department.

The Minister was in Blackpool to announce a new national academy for the oil and gas industry and stopped at the town hall in St Annes to meet with the Fylde Council leadership afterwards.

Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “The councillors had serious questions which they wanted to ask the Minister and it was a fairly robust meeting.

“They shared my view that iron-clad regulation must be at the heart of any move to set up this industry in the UK, something which the Minister agreed with wholeheartedly.

“I think there was some acknowledgement that the regulating bodies were perhaps not the best at getting the message out as to how they intend to ensure the industry meets those rigid requirements and that was something which needed working on.

“I am sure the councillors gave the Minister a lot to think about and he agreed to take their points back to the department to be looked at in detail.”

The event followed a previous meeting earlier this year when representatives of Treales, Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council and County Councillor Elizabeth Oades met with former Energy Minister, Michael Fallon MP, during a visit to Blackpool.

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