Revived Lancashire gas store consultation starts

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Image caption Three previous underground gas storage applications were refused

A consultation process begins later on a controversial scheme to store thousands of tons of 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.

A previous application was rejected in January 2010 by Canatxx UK.

Halite could revive Canatxx's plans which had three proposals widely opposed by people living in Over Wyre.

The company envisages storing up to 900 million cubic metres of natural gas in the salt fields below Preesall - much less than Canatxx's plans.

However thousands of people living in Over Wyre are strongly opposed to any suggestion of storing gas underground in the area.

Fourteen thousand households have been invited to attend a series of exhibitions this month in Fleetwood, Knott End, Stalmine and Thornton.

The first exhibition opens 1000 BST in Stalmine Village.

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