A leading renewable energy producer has submitted “alternative” planning applications to set up green gas mills on two proposed UK fracking sites.
Ecotricity says that its ‘green gas mills’ – which have the capability to turn locally-grown grass into biogas – would prove a successful green “alternative” to controversial fracking plans submitted by Cuadrilla for two sites in Lancashire.
The comments come shortly after the Government approved Cuadrilla’s plans at Preston New Road, contrary to an initial Lancashire Council rejection.
The Government is also reviewing further plans for shale gas fracking at separate site, Roseacre Wood .
But Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince, insists that his company’s green gas mills would make the ideal alternative for green energy production at both sites.
He said: “Local opposition to fracking is simply being ignored – it’s the most unpopular energy source ever, but it’s being forced on people by the Government.
“We want to show that there‘s an alternative to fracking – and start a local debate in the areas directly affected by it, in the same way we want to start a debate at the national level, including the House of Commons,” he added.
Ecotricity has called upon the Government to consider planning proposals for green gas mills at both the Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood sites.
“It’s important not just to oppose fracking, but to have an answer as to where Britain is going to get its gas from as North Sea supplies run out,” he said.