More gas worries surface in Wyre


THE company behind plans for a major gas storage works under the River Wyre has been urged to provide more information as it prepares to submit its plans later this year.

Lancashire county planners and Wyre planning committee, both of which opposed the Canatxx applications, have been given the opportunity to comment on the revised gas plans drawn up by Canatxx’s successor Halite Energy.

The two authorities have now sent Halite details of topics they want to see included in the final submission.

The most topical is on the monitoring and maintenance of former salt workings close to Halite’s scheme.

As reported extensively in The Courier a brinewell blowout from a disused well at Preesall occurred this summer, sending tonnes of salty mud onto a farmer’s field and a country lane.

Halite suspects the incident was sabotage and a police inquiry is under way.

In a report county council bosses say “there is historic evidence of unpredictable catastrophic failure of caverns in close proximity” to the Halite proposals.

Wyre planners are worried about the impact on sealife off the Fylde coast. They also want Halite to justify the need for a link road between Hall Gate Lane and Back Lane.

The council is worried about the suitability of the geology of the Over Wyre area.