The inquiry into Cuadrilla’s fracking plans for Lancashire goes into week 2 tomorrow morning (Tuesday 15th February), starting with more evidence from the company’s witnesses on the impacts on landscape and traffic.
This week has a special session for people who want to comment on the Roseacre Wood plans. And there will be evidence in support of Cuadrilla from the North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Lancashire County Council is expected to start giving evidence on Friday.
The hearing, at Blackpool Football Club, is reviewing Cuadrilla’s applications to drill and frack at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road in the Fylde. It is also discussing two other Cuadrilla proposals for monitoring boreholes around the two sites.
Reporting the inquiry on DrillOrDrop
The inquiry begins at 9.30am tomorrow and DrillOrDrop will be reporting from the hearings all this week.
This week, we’re planning to continue posting live updates throughout the day with the latest news. We’ll also tweet with the hashtag #frackinginquiry and add updates to the DrillOrDrop Facebook page. At the end of each day, we’re planning a summary of the key points.
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Who’s speaking when this week?
The inquiry programme may change but the latest version looks like this:
Day 5: Tuesday 16th February
Barrister for Roseacre residents questions Andrew Tempany, Cuadrilla’s landscape witness.
Day 6: Wednesday 17th February
Cuadrilla’s transport witness, Johnny Ojeil, gives evidence and answers questions from Lancashire County Council, Roseacre residents and Clifton-with-Newton parish council
Special session for members of the public to give evidence or make statements about the Roseacre Wood plans.
Day 7: Thursday 18th February
Babs Murphy and James Bream give evidence on behalf of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC). They will be questioned by barristers for opponents of the schemes.
Day 8: Friday 19th February
Paul Matich gives evidence for NWLCC and is questioned by Lancashire County Council and Friends of the Earth.
The first witness for Lancashire County Council, Steve Maslam, gives evidence on the landscape impact of the schemes. He will be questioned by Cuadrilla’s barrister.