Report due on fracking applications

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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Planning officials are expected to reveal their recommendations today on whether controversial “fracking” for shale gas should be given the go-ahead at two sites in Lancashire.

Lancashire County Council is set to publish reports with recommendations on planning applications from shale company Cuadrilla to develop two new sites to explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas.

The council’s development control committee is due to make decisions next week on the planning applications for the two sites, at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood, near Roseacre, both between Blackpool and Preston.

The British Geological Survey has said it will carry out independent analysis of fracking, monitoring groundwater, air quality, seismic activity and ground movements at the two sites if they are given planning permission.

Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – involves pumping water, chemicals and sand at high pressure underground to fracture shale rock and release the gas trapped in it.

Hundreds of protesters attended a six-day Reclaim The Power camp last August near the proposed Little Plumpton site to campaign against shale gas extraction in the region by fracking.

The Government is pushing for the development of a shale gas industry in the UK, claiming it would create jobs and growth, reduce energy prices and cut the country’s reliance on gas imports.

However, opponents have raised fears that the process causes earthquakes, can pollute water supplies, and could lead to inappropriate development in the countryside and damage house prices.

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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