Regulation

Cuadrilla fracking inquiry – what’s happening in Week 4?

Inquiry docsThe inquiry into Cuadrilla’s fracking plans for Lancashire goes into Week 4 this morning (Wednesday 2nd March) with more evidence from Friends of the Earth.

It will hear evidence on the public health implications of fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood from Dr David McCoy. He is the director of the global health charity Medact and director of the global health taught programmes at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London.

Dr McCoy will be followed by Richard Bate, a senior partner in the planning and environment consultancy Green Balance. Both Mr Bate and Dr McCoy will be cross-examined by Cuadrilla’s barrister, Nathalie Lieven.

Witnesses for Roseacre Awareness Group and Treales, Roseacre & Wharles Parish Council give their evidence and will be cross-examined on Thursday and Friday.

Who’s speaking when this week?

The inquiry programme may change but the latest version looks like this:

Day 12: Wednesday 2nd March
10am start
Friends of the Earth’s witnesses Dr David McCoy (public health) and Richard Bate (planning) give evidence and are cross-examined by Cuadrilla’s barrister, Nathalie Lieven.

Day 13 and 14: Thursday 3rd March and Friday 4th March
9.30am starts
Evidence from witnesses for Roseacre Awareness Group and Treales, Roseacre & Wharles Parish Council: Ken Halliday (landscape and visual impact), Ed Clarke (noise), Tom Hastey (transport and safety), Gerald Kells (traffic), Elizabeth Warner (residents’ perspective), Barbara Richardson (community amenity and recreation), Gordon Halliday (planning).

The inquiry on DrillOrDrop

DrillOrDrop will be posting live updates throughout the week. We’ll also tweet with the hashtag #frackinginquiry and add updates to the DrillOrDrop Facebook page

Our Inquiry page has links to posts from Weeks 1-3, along with more information about the appeals.

This report is part of DrillOrDrop’s  Rig Watch project.  Rig Watch receives funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. More details here

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