Fracking: Lancashire

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any staff of the Health and Safety Executive have visited the Preston New Road shale gas site since the four seismic events of greater than the red light 0.5ML threshold that occurred between 26 October 2018 and 4 November 2018.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) closely scrutinises activity on the Preston New Road site, working with its fellow regulators. HSE visits sites on the basis of identified risk. HSE has made four site visits to the Preston New Road site before hydraulic fracturing commenced, including an inspection of the high-pressure equipment on 3 and 4 October 2018. HSE has not visited the site since 4 November 2018.

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