Debating fracking over a pint at pub

Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan with Dave Daley at The Castle Pub, renamed The Three Lions for the Euros
Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan with Dave Daley at The Castle Pub, renamed The Three Lions for the Euros
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It might be promoting England’s chances at Euro 2016, but the Irish boss of shale gas company Cuadrilla still raised a pint to the success of The Three Lions pub in Blackpool.

Chief executive Francis Egan was a surprise guest at the pub on Central Drive, which normally trades as The Castle.

Manager Dave Daly said he took the chance to quiz the businessman about fracking during the visit.

He said: “He was extremely affable and spoke freely about the process of fracking and Cuadrilla’s commitment to the local area.

“It was good to hear, and if the science behind this is true, we really shouldn’t miss this opportunity to bring employment and investment in to Blackpool.”

Mr Daly called for people to research the subject themselves in order to understand all aspects of the controversial issue which has divided opinion.

He added; “The upcoming European referendum shows how scare stories are a common tactic in swaying public opinion.

“In the case of fracking, the scare stories are all one-sided but I do think Cuadrilla could do more to bust the myths and make sure people know the advantages.

“Moving their head office to Lancashire was a positive but I would have preferred to see them move to Blackpool.”

A six week public inquiry into the drilling process was held in Blackpool earlier this year, and concluded in March. The outcome of that hearing has not yet been determined.