The company which wants to drill for shale gas on the Fylde coast has welcomed a report saying that fracking can be safe if it is properly regulated.
Public Health England has concluded the risk to public safety of the controversial practice “will be low if shale gas extraction is properly run and regulated”.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) responded by saying it does not oppose fracking – the process of injecting water and chemicals into shale rock deep beneath the surface to release natural gas – but has called for companies seeking permission to drill to produce an environmental impact assessment.
Energy firm, Cuadrilla, which has applied to hydraulically fracture – or frack – at two sites in Fylde said: “This confirms that the country’s leading authorities in public and environmental health are agreed that shale operations pose a low risk to human health if properly run and regulated.
“For our two new proposed exploration sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, Cuadrilla has delivered on the CIEH’s recommendation that environmental impact assessments should be undertaken for shale gas operations.
“Our assessments have been undertaken by leading environmental and engineering consultancy Arup, and represent thousands of hours of meticulous work by their technical experts working alongside my team, during which we’ve worked hard to incorporate feedback from local people.”
However, serious concerns remain over the impact fracking would have on the Fylde coast and several residents’ groups have been set up to oppose the plans.