Meet the fracking regulators in Ormskirk and Worksop

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Regulators of shale gas have organised another two meetings to explain their role to local people – this time in west Lancashire and north Nottinghamshire.

The sessions are the latest in a series of meetings organised by the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority and Public Health England.

The meetings are informal drop-in events at which people can talk to staff from the different agencies about who does what.

Both meetings are next month (October 2016) and both run from 2pm-7pm.

The first meeting is on Wednesday 5 October at Crossing Church & Centre, Newcastle Street, Worksop, S80 2AT.

Worksop is on the edge of three Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence areas. Two of the PEDLs – 304 and 308 – were licensed last year to INEOS. The other, PEDL200, was licensed in 2008 to IGas.

The other meeting is on Wednesday 12 October at Christ Church Aughton, Long Lane, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 5AS.

Ormskirk is in PEDL262, licensed to Aurora Petroleum Ltd. The company also holds PEDL164, the neighbouring area to the west. PEDL165 to the north is held by Cuadrilla.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

“As regulators and agencies involved in assessing the impacts of the oil and gas industry, our role is to help ensure that any exploration and development, including fracking operations, is done in a way that protects people and the environment.

“Local communities rightly look to us to provide information on how health and environmental risks are being controlled and managed properly, and to hold oil and gas operators to account.

“These sessions will be a great opportunity for us to meet with local people, explain our respective roles and discuss some of the key issues before sites are identified for development.”

The Environment Agency press release outlined the following responsibilities for shale gas:

  • The Environment Agency issues environmental permits for onshore oil and gas exploration.
  • Licences for onshore gas exploration are granted by the Oil & Gas Authority.
  • Safety on the drilling site, including well integrity, is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive.
  • Public Health England is responsible for reviewing the possible effects of site activities on public health.

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  1. Personally I wouldn’t look to any EA in England for trustworthiness or due diligence to provide information on how health and environmental risks are being controlled and managed properly, and to hold oil and gas operators to account.

    The EA has insufficient staff to monitor or enforce brass standard regs and reading Fishlegal website alone, you find how hindsight reactive they are when it comes to keeping up with damage done to the environment.

    When asked at NYCC earlier this year, why the EA hadn’t taken action over over abstractions at 13 reservoirs in West Yorks in 2013, they just shrugged their shoulders and said they hadn’t the staff to monitor these. Clearly the EA relies upon no one noticing how badly managed the environment is, and often only act it would seem when the public campaign to get them of their ar8ses to do something about violations of regulations.

    I’m forever amazed at how the EA has been subjugated to the fracking cause, and while chaos from landfill and nuclear leaks cause heinous damage and pollution for generations to come, more money has been used to draw fracking maps and flow charts and produce leaflets and documents about fracking paid for by our taxes.

    Notice NO ONE has been held accountable for ANY of these leaks so why should we trust the EA over fracking?

  2. The Government’s appointed PR machine spins around the country. The various agencies say thay can monitor — that’s good if they understand what to look for. But a whole lot of collected data, though interesting, is not the same as regulation. Has anyone, ever, managed to regulate a natural environment?

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