Chamber response to new fracking licences

Shale gas extraction

The chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) has warned the county is in danger of missing out on huge economic benefits after 27 new fracking licences were announced by The Oil & Gas Authority today.

NWLCC chief executive Babs Murphy said: “Lancashire still has the potential to become the hub for fracking in this country, bringing huge economic benefits and jobs to the county.

“But with all these new licences having been announced, other areas could put themselves in a position to take that from us if we are not careful.

“If we continue to be stuck in this long and drawn out planning process, our county could miss out on the biggest opportunity for economic development it has ever seen.

“It is time those in a position of influence in Lancashire realised just how important this industry could be and act to seize this opportunity before it passes us by.”

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