Shock as gas storage firm gets another chance

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Gas storage firm Halite has been granted leave to go to judicial review over the refusal of plans to store gas under the River Wyre.

MP Eric Ollerenshaw said he is furious the firm was getting another chance at pushing through its scheme – despite three previous rejections.

He added: “I am obviously deeply unhappy that once again we are faced with further months of uncertainty over the issue of Halite and their plans to store gas under the River Wyre.

“This proposal has now been rejected three times but Halite refuse to accept this and appear to carry on regardless of the wishes of local people.

“It also flies in the face of the of the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse the application on significant and sound planning grounds, notably that Halite had failed to carry out the required level of geological survey work to demonstrate the site was safe for gas storage.

“I personally feel that this is indicative of the attitude of Halite who seem to completely disregard the feelings of our community.

“I am hopeful the Judicial Review will once again throw out Halite’s appeal. However I am now more than ever determined to try and ensure that planning rules are changed to stop companies such as Halite being allowed to make essentially the same application again and again.”

More than 10,000 people have signed petitions against the plans to store 900 mullion cubic feet of gas in 19 caverns in the salt strata beneath Pressall.

More to follow soon.

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