BUNCEFIELD – ONE YEAR ON:
LILLEY CALLS FOR ‘QUICKER AND IMPARTIAL’ RESOLUTION OF BUNCEFIELD EXPLOSION ISSUES
One year since the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Depot, Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has condemned the nature of the investigation into the events surrounding the blast, and the problems still faced by some residents in his constituency in receiving compensation.
Peter said, “I deplore the slow progress in compensating those of my constituents whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed.
“I hope that the investigation will reach a speedy decision about the future of the Buncefield oil depot, preferably that it must be moved away from residential areas. This would then allow the previous site to be used for house building, reducing the pressure for development on our greenbelt area.
“I also have concerns about the nature of the investigation itself. The Buncefield investigation is taking place behind closed doors and is being conducted by the Health and Safety Executive, a body which must itself be scrutinised for its role in the events leading up to the disaster.
“I support Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead’s, call for a full public enquiry conducted by an independent board. Otherwise recommendations and conclusions arrived at by the Buncefield investigation cannot be trusted by local residents.”