A new pro-shale group in Lancashire, part-funded by the onshore gas industry, launched yesterday in Blackpool.
Lancashire for Shale called on local and national decision-makers to get behind onshore natural gas development in the county.
The group said it was made up of local businesses and residents who “believe natural gas from Lancashire’s shale will create opportunities for our businesses, new jobs and much-needed investment for our county”.
In a letter to local media, signed by nearly 100 people, the group said:
“With the positive news that shale gas operations have been given the green light in Ryedale it is only a matter of time before the economic benefits start to trickle down to local communities and businesses in Yorkshire.
“As Lancashire-based businesses and local residents, we also believe shale gas will create opportunities for our businesses, new jobs, and much-needed investment for our County. But we are concerned that all these benefits to Lancashire risk being left behind.
“It’s high-time for all decision-makers, both national and local, to work together to ensure that Lancashire does not miss out on the jobs and investment offered by our County’s shale gas resources.”
The signatories included: Fylde businessman David Haythornthwaite; Claire Smith, president of Stay Blackpool; Tony Raynor, of Abbey Telecom; and Babs Murphy, of the North and Western Lancashire Chambers of Commerce.
Ms Smith, Ms Murphy and Mr Raynor supported Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood at the planning meeting in June 2015 and the public inquiry earlier this year.
Of the 95 signatories, seven described themselves as residents.
Ms Smith said:
“In coming together we can more effectively make the case for shale and demonstrate the strength of support in the county for shale gas ahead of the Secretary of State’s decision. We call on business, industry and policy-makers to get behind shale to ensure that Lancashire seizes this incredible opportunity for jobs and the local community.”
Mr Haythornthwaite said:
“Lancashire for Shale, will hopefully speak for the majority of Lancashire residents and businesses. I believe that most people recognise that the development of shale will be good for jobs and economic growth in the county but critically right here on the Fylde Coast. The exploration and potential development of natural gas from shale presents a once in a generation opportunity which we must not miss.”
In a press release, the group said it received funding from “a range of people, businesses and organisations including Cuadrilla and Centrica, WJF Technical Support, North West Energy Task Force, Abbey Telecom, Stay Blackpool and the Onshore Energy Services Group”.
Lancashire for Shale is just the latest group established to promote fracking in Lancashire. Two of its funders, the Onshore Energy Services Group and the North West Energy Task Force, have already been campaigning for shale gas developments in the region.
There is some overlap between the three organisations.
The 14-member steering group of Lancashire for Shale includes:
Ms Murphy and Ms Smith; Nick Campbell, of Inspired Energy; Rob Green, of Edge Hill University; Philip Hargreaves, of Lytham Green Investments; John Kersey, chair of the Lancashire branch of the Institute of Directors; Martin Long of Blackpool Leadership Group; retired commercial director Frank McLaughlin; Lee Petts, of managing director of Remsol; Steve Pye, of Lancashire TV; solicitor Peter Whitehead; and former county councillor Bernard Whittle.
All are also listed as members of the SME [small and medium sized enterprises] panel of the North West Energy Task Force. Mr Petts is also the chief executive and a founder of the Onshore Energy Services Group.
Signatories to the letter
Andrew Anderson-Shepherd, Energy Trader, B.I.U.
Ian Ashton, Director, QED construction Ltd
Alan Ashton, resident
Sue Ashton, resident
Chris Attwood, Field Operations Manager, Cee Cee TV
John Barton, Chairman, Safelok Components ltd
Nigel Beevers, Director, Assist Management Consultants
David Berryman, MD, Wilkin Oilfield Engineering Co
Gerry Biggs, CEO, Siltint Industries Ltd
Mike Broughton, COO, Ground Gas Solutions
Andrew Buffey, Works Manager, Brier Engineering Ltd
Nick Campbell, Risk Manager, Inspired Energy
Lindsey Campbell, Director, Campbell & Rowley
Richard Chatham, MD and Owner, Ricardo Enterprises
Dawn Cheetham, Director, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Spencer Cheetham, Director, John Hunt Bolton ltd
Gary Clements, Regional Manager, Charles Willow Engineer
Kate Close, General Manager, Westwood Motor Group
Craig Donley, Plant Sales, Charles Willow Engineer
Lee Etchells, Director, Bon Chaunce Travel Ltd.
Chris Evans, Managing Director, Cee Cee TV
Champak Fakira, Contracts Director, ORSEAL LIMITED
Geoffrey Fawcett, owner, Fawcetts Liners
Emil Fernandes, MD, Greenhey Industrial & Marine Engineering
Tim Freshney, Managing Director, WJF Technical Support
Paul Friday, Managing Director, Future Focus Energy Ltd
Paul Gaunt, Proprietor, Blackpool Scaffolding Co
Alan George, MD, Molecular Control Systems Ltd
Robert Gibson , Managing Director, Gibson Solutions, Limited
Shaun Gray, Operations Director, Orseal Valves
Rob Green, resident
Paul Grimshaw, Director, Communication Services Ltd
Frank Guffogg, Gen Manager, elco
Carl Hague, Owner, Robert Thomas Investments Ltd
Jon Hardy, Director, Finances Explained
Philip Hargreaves, CEO, Lytham Green Ltd
Paul Harrison, Owner, Harrison decorations ltd
David Haythornthwaite, Managing Director, Tangerine Holdings
Phillip Hodson, Director, Kensington consulting
Beverley Holden, Finance Administrator, Ferguson Vehicle Contracts
Gary Holden, Owner, Carsnphones
Richard Houghton, Director, Hi5 Electronics Ltd.
Frank Howard, Managing Director Hockley International Ltd
Geoffrey Howard, Chairman, Continuity Shop
Javed Iqbal, Director, Voltek
Peter Jewell, resident
David Judge, Director, Cormar carpets
Adam Kaley, Commercial Director, Aegis Services Limited
Harry Karoo, Director, Crawshaw Hall Healthcare
John Kersey, MD, Kersey Hairdressing
Helen Killonan Wilson, Lakeland Ecological Services
Charles King, Managing Director, Nortest Ltd
Robert Klass, Project Estimation Manager, Mantank Environmental Services Ltd
Stephen Knott, Director, The Land Consultancy Limited
Paul Linderman, Owner, Twelve
Sybaris, Linderman, Owner, The Berkeley Apartments
Peter Liptrott, Director, Tannahill Reay Limited
Stuart Livesey, Resident
Martin Long, Chairman, Blackpool Business Leadership Group
Stewart Mackay, Owner, TRM Utilities
Peter Maguire, Managing Director, Petann Engineering Ltd
John Mallinson, Managing Director, J Mallinson [Ormskirk] Ltd
Dave Martin, Owner, Rossall Mobile Phone Shop
Paul McCherry, Managing Director, Cloud9 Computer Services Ltd
Anthony McGuinness, Owner, Mcguinness feeds
Joe Mckenna, Director, Dragonfly contracts ltd
David, McManamon, CEO, P.P.S.T.
Molly McManamon, Resident
Rob, Mitchell, Director, TMR SUPPLIES LTD
Babs Murphy, Chief Executive, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Peter Onslow, M.D., Cortman Textiles
Derek Ormston, Managing Director, Cooper Rigg Ltd
Simon Park, Managing Director, Kidds Transport Ltd
Mike Phillips, Managing Director, Purepages Group Limited
Roger, Pilkington, Director, Fuel Proof
Steve Pye, Chairman, Lancashire TV
Tony Raynor, Managing Director, Abbey Telecom
Anthony Rickards Collinson, Proprietor, Lake House Farm
Paul Roberts, Director, HAROBY LTD
Rev. Michael Roberts, resident
Stephen Robinson, Director, Champion Business Advisers Ltd
Arthur Ruttle, Director, Readyplant ltd
Asif Sadiq, Managing Director, Solco Pyroelec UK Ltd
Rob Slattery, Manager Director, John Slattery & Sons ltd
Claire Smith, President, StayBlackpool (formerly the Blackpool & Hotel Guesthouse Ass)
Steve Smith, Director, Eldon St Garage
Martin Sykes, Chairman, J. Sykes and Sons (Manchester) Ltd
Norman Tenray, CEO, Obas UK Ltd
Ian Trow, UK Sales, Quad Plus
Barry Waddilove, Managing Director, Furious Wolf Design
Paul Walsh, Director, Wellamforge ltd
Tim Ward, Key Account Manager, Gunmebo UK Ltd
John Watson, Chairman, Surface Print co
John Whelan, Director, Cuncannon
Malcolm Whittle, Director, Boiler Control Services Ltd
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