MP celebrates success in battle against UCG in the Dee, but urges caution for the future
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26 Feb 2018
Margaret Greenwood is celebrating the
“fantastic success” of the campaign against Underground Coal Gasification (UCG)
in the Dee estuary after the UCG licence expired.
However, the Wirral West MP is urging caution
for the future after the Government refused to confirm an outright ban on the
A five year licence for UCG was granted by the
Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government in January 2013 to a company
Natural Resources for exploration in the Dee Estuary.
Ms Greenwood has led the campaign against UCG
in the Dee.
Speaking on West Kirby beach, Margaret
“It’s February 2018 and a cause for celebration
because the licence for UCG granted by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat
Coalition Government back in 2013 would have expired last month, in January.
“That really is a success in terms of our
campaign and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved:
everyone who put up a poster saying no to UCG, everyone who shared information in
the press and on social media and everyone who signed our petition.
“I also want to
say a big thank you to the other Labour MPs in the north-west who helped make a
difference to our campaign, especially David Hanson in Delyn across the water
in Wales, Chris Matheson down in Chester and Justin Madders in Ellesmere Port.
“Together we all
met with representatives from Cluff Natural Resources, the company that was
awarded the licence, and we made it clear to them that local people do not want
to see drilling for coal gas in this beautiful estuary.
“We are not safe
yet, though. The Government is still saying it is not minded to support the
technology, which is not at all the same as the outright ban that I’m calling
for, so I will continue to press the Government on this matter.
“If anyone sees
or hears anything that gives cause for concern, I am asking them to get in
touch with me.
meantime, it’s fantastic that people can enjoy the beach and celebrate what is
a real success in terms of our campaign.”