Firm revives Lancashire gas store proposals

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Image caption Three previous underground gas storage applications were refused

A new company is looking to revive plans to store gas underground in Lancashire.

Halite Energy Group, which hopes to store gas underground at Preesall, said it would seek the views of local residents before submitting its plans.

The company has taken over the plan of Canatxx UK, which lost a planning application in January 2010.

Canatxx had three proposals which were widely opposed by people living in Over Wyre.

Halite said it wanted to store up to 900 cubic metres of natural gas in the salt fields below Preesall, significantly less than Canatxx's plans.

Thousands of people living in Over Wyre have said they are strongly opposed to any suggestion of storing gas underground in the area.

Halite said it wanted to engage with the local community by giving detailed information on its plans about two months before formally submitting them.

Keith Budinger, chief executive of Halite, said: "We understand that there are people who oppose the proposals or have reservations about our Project and we would urge them to review the material that is available, ask us any questions and come along to an exhibition for further details."

As part of the consultation, 14,000 households will be invited to attend a series of exhibitions in May in Fleetwood, Knott End, Stalmine and Thornton.

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