In this Fracking Week in Westminster only one reference to shale and onshore oil and gas:
- Lord Lawson describes the Lancashire refusal of Cuadrilla’s planning application for fracking as “deplorable” – and Government minister, Baroness Williams, agrees.
14th October 2015
Northern Powerhouse debate
Question by Lord Lawson of Blaby (Conservative)
Is it not clear that what would offer the best possible prospects for the economy of the north-west and Lancashire in particular is developing the immense natural gas resources of the Bowland shale? Is it not deplorable that the Labour-led Lancashire County Council has prevented this from happening so far?
Reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister for Communities and Local Government
My noble friend makes an excellent point. This is a one-off opportunity for the areas of Lancashire to maximise their assets and to be self-sufficient in how they derive energy, so I could not agree more with my noble friend.
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