‘One last effort’ to halt gas stores bid

Gas Storage protesters at The Heads, Stalmine
Gas Storage protesters at The Heads, Stalmine
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CAMPAIGNERS are urging residents to make one last final effort in their bid to stop underground gas storage Over Wyre.

After two rejections of the Canatxx plans, its successor company Halite Energy has lodged a slimmed-down’ version with the Independent Planning Commission.

Halite now wants to create up to 19 purpose-built caverns in the salt field at Preesall.

The caverns would be used for the storage of up to 900m cubic metres of natural gas, including 600m cubic metres of working gas – a figure significantly less than Canatxx plans between 2005 and 2009.

And residents are now preparing a ‘vigorous opposition’ to the proposals which they believe have not answered their concerns.

Howard Phillips, of the Protect Wyre Group, said: “Our group, which is made up of residents’ groups on both sides of the Wyre, will be mounting a vigorous opposition to these proposals which we believe have not answered the concerns of the residents expressed in the previous three applications for gas storage in the area.

“Halite wishes to wash out the salt bed to create 19 new caverns, this compares with 20 caverns proposed by Canatxx and rejected in 2007 after a Public Inquiry. An average of 10,000 people objected each time to the three previous applications and we are urging everyone to make a last final effort by objecting to this, the fourth application.”

The Protect Wyre Group will be delivering letters to every home within three miles of the proposed gas caverns. Volunteers are required to deliver leaflets in Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Anchorsholme, Norbreck, Thornton, Poulton and Over Wyre.

For information on Halite’s application and the IPC procedure, a drop-in session will be held next Wednesday at Thornton Little Theatre from 2pm to 6pm and at Knott End Library on Thursday January 26 from 2pm to 6.30pm.

Confirmation the IPC has accepted Halite’s plans for discussion came just before Christmas. The application is now in the pre-examination’ phase of the IPC process where residents can express an interest.

The IPC will hold a preliminary meeting at least six weeks after February 10 to discuss how the application will be examined.

A six month examination period will then begin before the final decision is made.

To register your involvement visit www.infratsructureindependent.gov.uk/preesall.