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Cuadrilla seeks planning permission to start fracking at Lancashire site

A drilling company specialising in shale gas fracking has submitted plans to start hydraulic fracture procedures at a Lancashire site.

Cuadrilla Resources is seeking permission from Lancashire County Council for drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas from up to four wells at Preston New Road.

A detailed Environmental Statement (ES), resulting from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) produced by consultants at Arup has been submitted with the planning application. Both the ES and the application will be available to the public once validated by the council, which is expected to be within the next two weeks.

Following validation the Lancashire County Council will launch a formal consultation process in order to allow the public to comment. The company anticipates that the application to LCC will be decided within a 16 week determination period.

Cuadrilla will submit a separate planning application for its second proposed shale gas exploration site at Roseacre Wood shortly. This second application and its accompanying ES will also be made available to the public once validated by LCC.

Unfortunately, while most people hope that extensive shale gas exploration and exploitation will actually bring down energy prices, the truth of the matter is that this is not really the case. In fact, even the energy suppliers’ official representatives acknowledged the fact that bills won’t go down, even if shale gas is added to the energy mix.

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