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Lancashire fracking decision postponed until Monday

A decision on whether to allow fracking at a site in Lancashire has been postponed until Monday to give councillors time to consider legal advice.

Cuadrilla Resources has submitted a planning application to Lancashire County Council to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells at a proposed site at Preston New Road.

Preston New Road is one of several Lancashire sites that are either earmarked by Cuadrilla Resources for fracking, or have been historically used. Officers at the council have recommended it grants planning permission for this site. Members of the Council’s Development Control Committee began consideration of the application on Tuesday.

The Committee is also today considering a similar application from Cuadrilla Resources for Roseacre Wood in Lancashire, however officers have not recommended planning permission is granted for this site, citing concern over traffic routes.

Cuadrilla Resources believes that there could be more than 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas trapped in the shale rock in the areas where it is licenced to operate.

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