Fourth No for gas storage plans

Anti gas storage campaigners celebrate their victory Over Wyre. Popping the champagne is Protect Wyre vice-chairman Howard Phillips.
Anti gas storage campaigners celebrate their victory Over Wyre. Popping the champagne is Protect Wyre vice-chairman Howard Phillips.

CAMPAIGNERS who fought against plans to store millions of tons of gas in salt caverns under Wyre are jubilant after the plans were refused.

Now they are hoping the battle is over for good after the Government rejected the scheme by energy firm Halite because there had not been sufficient geological data in the application.

Although the gas storage plans were the first proposed by Halite, it was the fourth bid for gas storage after three previous bids by applicant 
Canatxx were thrown out.

In Fleetwood, campaigners who were predominantly concerned about the safety of the gas scheme were relieved as well as delighted.

Fleetwood Civic Society is one of several organisations connected to umbrella group Protect Wyre, and society chairman Margaret Daniels told the Weekly News: “It’s brilliant news and I think everyone who campaigned against these plans should be proud of themselves.

“It is a big relief and I just hope that this is the end of it all. Surely by now, these gas storage firms should realise that no means no.”

The decision from the 
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) came earlier in the month than 
expected and took many 
people in the Wyre area by surprise.

It followed a report from the Planning Inspectorate which had collected 
statements from all parties involved in the case.

The move comes just weeks after Halite announced the pathway of a pipeline around Fleetwood as part of the scheme.

DECC Minister Greg Barker refused the application because the project failed to demonstrate the suitability of the geology at the site near Preesall.

A DECC spokesman said: “After carefully weighing up the evidence, DECC has taken the decision to refuse the application.”