Statement from Mark Menzies MP on shale gas

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The Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, today gave the go-ahead for the resumption of hydraulic fracturing by Cuadrilla Resources.

The process has been halted for a year following the two earth tremors that the process caused just outside of Blackpool.

Following extensive consultation, the Secretary of State has given his approval based on a review of the current regulatory framework, both surrounding seismic activity, and other concerns.

In Departmental questions, the Minister paid tribute to the Member of Parliament for Fylde’s work on this issue; specifically his Adjournment debate in October on onshore gas regulation, which directly resulted in the creation of the new Office for Unconventional Gas.

This Office is designed to oversee the regulatory process, and ensure world leading standards are delivered on the ground.

Mark Menzies MP last week welcomed its establishment, and today urged the Minister to ensure it will be robust, transparent and available to answer any concerns that residents may have.

The MP for Fylde said: “This is an issue I have been working tirelessly on for well over a year.

“Some constituents have raised concerns with me surrounding this process, and it has been extremely important to raise these directly with the relevant Departments and Ministers.

“I welcomed the announcement last week of the formation of an Office for Unconventional Gas, as the regulation surrounding this process needs to be robust enough to ensure the protection of the local environment as well as the well-being of Fylde residents.

“However, the announcement today does not signify the end to this work; rather, I will continue to work with Ministers and this new Office, to ensure all concerns are addressed and answered.”

The announcement was made via a written Ministerial Statement, which can be found at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/wms_shale/wms_shale.aspx

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