Following an independent review ordered by the Conservatives, the Government has confirmed it will not proceed with Labour's plan for Underground Coal Gasification. The Dee Estuary and Hilbre Island was one of the areas where UCG licences had been granted by the previous Labour Government.
The process has proved to be controversial - not least due to the risk of contamination of ground water by the chemicals involved.
Councillor Jeff Green (Conservative, West Kirby & Thurstaston Ward) is also Chair of the Hilbre Island Management Committee and has welcomed the Government's decision: "Conservative Councillors opposed this method of extracting gas from under the Dee Estuary, due to the risks to our precious local environment.
"Now, the Government has agreed and, following the independent review by Atkins, has confirmed they will not continue with the support given to UCG by Labour."
Cluff Natural Resources, which was granted the UCG licence for the Dee Estuary by Labour in 2009, has said it will now focus on traditional gas extraction methods in the North Sea instead.