Francis Egan, Chief Executive, Cuadrilla
“We are very pleased that we can now move ahead with our shale gas exploration plans which will start to create new economic growth opportunities and jobs for people in Lancashire and the UK.
“As a Lancashire business we are proud that the county will play such a vital role in securing vitally needed, home-sourced energy.
“We are confident that our operations will be safe and responsible and the comprehensive site monitoring programme planned by regulators and independent academics will in due course conclusively demonstrate this.
“We hope this will reassure the minority of people whom remain sceptical about shale gas exploration.” (Source: The Independent)
Earlier today, Mr Egan said:
“The country needs gas. The country is running out of gas, and without some form of energy development, we’re going to end up importing all of our fuel from overseas, and we’ve seen that just last week with the ridiculous situation where Scotland is importing shale gas from America, which frankly is crazy.”
“The fact is that this is a temporary development. There is traffic, obviously, you can’t do this without it, but we’re talking about 25 trucks a day at peak. That’s for a maximum of six weeks spread out over a two-year period.” (Source: Good Morning Britain, pre announcement)
“We believe that this ruling can be one of the first steps towards the regeneration of UK manufacturing. Shale gas extraction can provide the secure supply of home grown energy for British homes and industry and raw materials for British manufacturing and we look forward to delivering these benefits in the future.”
Ken Cronin, chief executive of the industry body, UK Onshore Oil and Gas
“The approval of the application at Preston New Road is an important step forward towards determining what gas resources we have under our feet, with the aim of developing a sustainable onshore natural gas exploration industry in the UK. We need the gas to heat our homes, produce electricity, supply our industries and to reduce our dependency on imports. The onshore oil and gas industry is committed to producing this gas in the safest and most environmentally sensitive way possible and to creating jobs and opportunities in the supply chain.
“With respect to Roseacre Wood, the decision document highlights local transport issues which will require further consultation. All other issues as in Preston New Road have been addressed.”
Lancashire for Shale
“The Lancashire fracking decision means shale gas exploration is set to re-start in Lancashire after Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, approved Cuadrilla’s plans on appeal.”
Lee Petts, managing director, Remsol consultancy
Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has today given the green light for fracking to resume here in Lancashire. I think it’s good news for the economy but also the environment.
I realise that not everyone sees it this way, but when you consider it thoughtfully, it’s pretty apparent that there are manifestly good reasons why, as sustainability professionals, we should support shale gas in Britain.
John Standing, Backing Fracking
“It’s fantastic news for Lancashire. I hope we will one day see a supply chain hub established here that can support jobs in local companies and become a centre of excellence for the industry. Lancashire needs a boost and shale gas can be part of that.”