This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Baseefa Ltd

UK local authority recommends approval for Cuadrilla fracking permit

15 June 2015

Shale gas developer Cuadrilla Resources received a boost in its plan to start fracking in north west England on June 15 when local government recommended that its application to drill up to four exploration wells should be granted. The company's project at Preston New Road near Blackpool could become Britain's first shale gas production site.

A Cuadrilla exploratoration rig in Sussex
A Cuadrilla exploratoration rig in Sussex

This could lead a drive to develop unconventional onshore hydrocarbon resources as Britain's North Sea gas and oil production declines.

The council, however, recommended another application for a nearby site at Roseacre Wood should not be granted because its construction work would create too much traffic.

The recommendations are proposals made by local officials to Lancashire County councillors who will make final decisions on the applications next week.

"We will await the Councillors’ decisions on both these applications at the end of June," Cuadrilla said in a statement.

Obtaining planning permits has been the biggest obstacle to shale gas developments, and the applications by Cuadrilla have been held up for months. The UK Government is considering new legislation to speed up planning applications for onshore hydrocarbon developments.

Shale gas fracking is opposed by environmentalists, who claim the method of blasting water and chemicals at rock formations to release trapped gas can contaminate ground water and cause earth tremors.

As well as Cuadrilla, IGas Energy has plans to start fracking in the area.


Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page

CSA Sira Test