The Graun is glumly reporting the go ahead Lancashire County Council had given to Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas. It is an anonymous piece and therefore lacking the usual colourful alarmist hyperbole so loved by the Moonbatistas of this world. Even so, it contains lefty bias.
Rejecting plans for test fracking in Lancashire would send a message that the county was not open for business and investment, a coalition of local businesses, academics, farmers and students has warned.
So not everyone is buying the climate alarmist claims then. What a shame.
Planning officers at Lancashire council have recommended the application for a site at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton be passed, subject to a number of conditions being met, but plans for a similar site at Roseacre Wood should be turned down because of an increase in traffic.
Both sensible decisions. Preston New Road is a major ‘A’ road linking Blackpool with Preston. Roseacre is a tiny village served by narrow and winding country lanes not suitable for heavy traffic.
The council’s development control committee will have the final say this week on whether Cuadrilla can explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas. Separate applications would need to be submitted if the firm wanted to progress to commercial fracking.
And not a single subsidy in sight. Private enterprise is footing the entire bill. Shame the same can’t be said about Big Wind and Big Solar.
Among those speaking on Monday was Steve Pye, a former chairman of the Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, who pointed out that concerns had been voiced when the nuclear, aerospace and chemicals industries all set up in the region. That had not led to an adverse impact on local people or local house prices, he said.
Clearly not a member of one of the local anti-fracking activist groups then. They think that fracking will bring about Ragnarok.
It is a brand new industry that could create a lot of jobs. It would lift the the average wage and it would boost the local economy significantly.
Brand new, no. The Yanks have been fracking for years. It’s certainly an economic game changer and, unless you are a watermelon, a welcome one.
Janet Thornton, founder of Kirkham-based consultancy firm Inspired Energy, said: “I believe it will expand jobs everywhere. The cost of energy is the biggest issue to growth of any business. Some of the companies that we have been working with say they have gone down to three-day weeks and they have lost contracts and orders.
Yes, it’s high time we stopped driving British companies to the wall or abroad because spiraling energy costs at home are crippling them.
She added: “I think you will always have strong opposition because people in the north-west don’t like change.
Because even in the twenty-first century we Lancastrians still refuse to put aside our clogs, shawls and whippet pies or cease muttering darkly about “Trouble at t’mill.” You were doing fine right up until that stupid, condescending comment, Janet.
We need to progress as a community. Lancashire needs putting on the map.
Oh, goody. I’ll phone Ordnance Survey first thing.
Pye said: “Henry Ford would not have got any further if they all had told him at the time when he went to build his first car: ‘Oh by the way Henry, there is going to be 100 people a week in the UK who will die on the roads, we are not going to let you go ahead and manufacture your cars because it’s not going to be safe.’”
The Graun reporter must have put some effort into finding the two most media-unsavvy people in the room. Capitalism kills – geddit?
A group of local sixth formers, college and university students later gathered on the steps of County Hall in Preston to call for the approval of the plans.
All those years of CAGW indoctrinatiion in our schools gone to waste. Tut, tut.
Julian Hine, a student at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “At the college we’re learning a lot about the technical aspects of shale gas and the skills required to work in the industry. The approval of the applications would be great news for Lancashire and the whole of the UK.
“For me and my friends, further exploration would be an exciting step towards Lancashire becoming a hub for a major new industry.”
I share your sentiments, Julian. So do a lot of not-so-averse-to-change- as-some-would-have-you-believe north-westerners.
The government is pushing for the development of a shale gas industry in the UK, claiming it would create jobs and growth, reduce energy prices and cut the country’s reliance on gas imports.
Nowt wrong with that. Unless, of course, you are on a mission to save the planet from
a non-existent threat world slaying plant food.
Opponents have raised fears that the process causes earthquakes, can pollute water supplies and could lead to inappropriate development in the countryside and damage house prices.
Ably assisted and widely reported by the Beeboids and Grauniadistas ad nauseam.