West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has made clear her opposition to the government’s Shale Wealth Fund proposal to government ministers as she continues to object to fracking being forced upon communities.

MP Rosie has consistently opposed plans for areas of Lancashire to be fracked, which in future could include areas of West Lancashire following recent exploratory work in the Downholland and Haskayne areas. Whilst potential environmental threats and threats to the safety of people remain, MP Rosie remains opposed to any fracking activity.

She made a formal submission to the Shale Wealth Fund consultation being run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In response to the MP for West Lancashire, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, reiterated the government’s commitment to pressing on with fracking.

Speaking about her consultation submission, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“When this government overruled Lancashire County Council’s rejection of fracking they killed any credibility of their localism agenda.

“They are imposing the consequences of fracking on to local communities. All this Shale Wealth Fund offers are bribes and inducements to communities for the greater cost they will have to bear.

“I wanted to use this consultation to once again reiterate how the people of West Lancashire opposing fracking wanted to be heard, not silenced with financial inducements.

MP Rosie went along to the Oil and Gas Regulators drop-in session at Aughton Christ Church in October. From her conversations with regulators, Rosie was far from assured over the robustness of the regulatory system. Similar to flooding there is no single agency with overall power and responsibility for regulating fracking activity.

Responsibility for regulating aspects of the fracking process lie with the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority, Public Health England and Lancashire County Council.

Rosie continued:
“Given the number of regulators involved in the fracking process I fear that this will end up with ‘it’s not me guv’ like we have with the flooding situation.”

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