Developer Cuadrilla is this week seeking a 36 month extension to shale gas exploration at its site in Lancashire.
The firm is seeking the extension from Lancashire County Council to allow it to continue with its highly controversial hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, at its temporary site near Hesketh Bank. The firm wants the extension to complete its drilling work and analysis to establish whether it is viable to extract shale gas under the UK.
Work has stopped at the site since November last year. Cuadrilla drilled a 3.44km deep well between August and November last year, but after it was completed the firm removed the rig and secured the site.
Although the existing planning permission allows fracking to take place on the site, it needs further approval from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc). Decc issued new guidance for fracking in April after an official report revealed work at Cuadilla’s sister site at Preese likely caused two small earthquakes.
Cuardrilla development director Mark Miller is speaking at the Shale Gas summit on 26-27 September.