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Gordon criticises plans for proposed fracking at Preston New Road

Headshot.jpgGordon has criticised council planners who have recommended that fracking should be given the green light on a site close to Blackpool. 

He said a shale gas drilling site on a prominent route into the town such as Preston New Road would damage the image of Blackpool for people visiting and coming to stay. 

The Blackpool South MP, who spoke at a fracking conference in January, also expressed concern about whether the regulatory and monitoring regime around shale gas extraction was strong enough.

Gordon said: "I am really surprised because I have looked carefully at what was said when the planning officers originally knocked this back.

"I can see very little to explain why they have been so easily convinced that what they said previously in regard to noise and other factors should now be overturned. 

"In terms of Blackpool, Preston New Road is an important road into the town for both residents and visitors, and the potential for disruption and the impact of seeing a fracking rig which many people will see as a blot on the landscape is a concern. 

"This is an issue for us in Blackpool in terms of the potential negatives for tourism, apart from environmental and other concerns.

"I hope Lancashire councillors will question it very vigorously.

"They should also take note of the safeguards put in by the Government which are inadequate." 

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published this page in Latest News 2015-06-18 12:01:19 +0100

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