A video has been launched to provide an insight into the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and the resulting Environmental Statement (ES) that supports the planning applications for both of Cuadrilla’s proposed shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire.
The short film, just over eight minutes long, features interviews with Cuadrilla’s chief executive Francis Egan and senior members of Arup’s technical team, the independent and highly respected UK engineering and environmental consultancy that have carried out the EIA.
The video can be viewed at www.cuadrillaresources.com In addition, adverts will also appear on a number of local media websites over the next three months. The film aims to give a simple overview of the key areas of the ES, such as transport and the local environment. The ES for the proposed exploration sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood each run to 4,500 pages.
Cuadrilla’s chief executive Francis Egan said:
“This video gives a flavour of the extraordinarily thorough job that Arup have completed on these Environmental Impact Assessments. We know shale gas exploration can be done safely, securely and in an environmental responsible way, and we will do that. We stand on the threshold of what could be a whole new industry, not just in the UK but in Western Europe. Working with Arup, we believe we have set a benchmark for that industry.”
Arup’s Project Director Des Correia said:
“Arup is involved in some of the most high profile and complex projects in the world. Our fundamental approach to all our projects is to try and gain insight and understanding so that we can deliver the best value result for communities and our clients. On this project we have undertaken extensive community consultation and the input we’ve gained from local people, parish councils and other key stakeholders has been valuable in shaping our analysis and the mitigation measures that we’ve proposed.
“Potentially we are at the start of a new industry in the UK, so it is important that we set a high bar on standards. The legacy of our work will help Cuadrilla and other key stakeholders to shape the future of shale gas exploration in the United Kingdom.”