Halite set to reveal new-look gas plan

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HALITE Energy has confirmed it intends to lodge its plans for its multi-million pound gas store scheme for the Wyre estuary by the end of the month.

And the US-financed company, previously known as Canatxx, has agreed to answer questions from members of the public about its report into this summer’s brinewell blast at an open meeting next week.

Parish councillors from Preesall, Hambleton and Fleetwood have already been briefed on the technical report into the June 18 blast, which Halite maintains was not caused by unstable geology.

Now, shortly before it lodges its controversial gas plans with the Infrastructure Planning Commission, Halite wants to give the public the opportunity to ask questions about the brinewell blast report.

Halite confirmed a meeting was held earlier this month to which parish/town councils, members of the Community Liaison Panel, Protect Wyre Group and Wyre Community Group had been invited.

A spokeswoman said: “The event was designed to give members of these groups the opportunity to have their questions about the incident answered by Halite’s Project team.”

She confirmed another meeting, which will be open to the public, would be held at Wyre Villa FC, Stalmine, at 7pm on Wednesday, October 19.

Although it is open to the public, the Kirkham-based company has requested anyone who wishes to attend to contact them.

Linked to its application Halite is also applying to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for Hazardous Substances consent because of the gas it intends to store in “pods” created out of the salt strata under the Wyre estuary.

• Wyre MP Ben Wallace has stated he believes the well head incident was caused as a result of instability in the well.

• Halite can be contacted via email at community@halite.net or by telephoning 01772 672244.