David Morris column: Dispelling myths about fracking

David Morris MP
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Last week I was in Birmingham for Conservative Party Conference.

Not only is the conference an opportunity for the Prime Minister to set out his plan for the next 12 months, but it is also a good opportunity for me to promote Morecambe and Lunesdale to the many national companies who send their representatives to attend conference.

As I am sure many if you know, one of my main interests in Parliament is Energy, not only because it is one of the biggest employers in the constituency with the nuclear power stations in Heysham. I believe that fracking brings a new opportunity to this mix and it could bring more than 2,000 jobs into the area.

There are a lot of scare stories and myths about the fracking process but in reality the legislation in this country is the strongest in the world and the bore hole itself is no larger than a dinner plate.

Fracking would create much less impact on the landscape than wind turbines and would mean that our gas bills would fall as we would not need to rely on gas from abroad to heat our homes.

In Birmingham, I was able to meet with the Chief Executive of Caudrilla who explained the current planning process the company is in the middle of on its site in the Fylde.

I was also able to meet with EDF at conference who run our two nuclear power stations in Heysham.

EDF updated me on the current operation of the Heysham site and the progress on their build of a new station at Hinkley Point.

Hinkley Point is first on the list of sites that will be built whereas our site at Heysham 3 is number seven on the list.

It is always interesting to hear how the process is going in other areas as I believe our new power station will be being built in the next 10 years.

As always I am happy to help with any issues you may have. You can contact me by phone 01524 841225, email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk or by post Office 204, Riverway House, Morecambe Road, Skerton, LA1 2RX.