Statement from Mark Menzies MP on shale gas

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Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, has welcomed the announcement in the Autumn statement of the creation of an Office for Unconventional Gas.

He said: “I am extremely pleased that the Government has taken on my suggestion of creating one single body to oversee shale gas.

“I have been championing this proposal for some time and I feel this is vital to achieving the world-leading standard of regulation which the people of Fylde will want to see if gas extraction is to go ahead.

“The body, I hope, will now work with the existing regulators, the industry and, most importantly, local residents to ensure that, if further fracking does go ahead, it will be done safely, securely and with the upmost sensitivity to the environment.”

Mr Menzies will now be seeking further detail in the coming weeks and months and will be looking to work with the body once it is created.

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