6th October 2016
It’s D-Day for fracking in Lancashire – again.
A little over a year since Lancashire County Council rejected plans to drill for shale gas at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road and anti-fracking campaigners are anxiously awaiting a government announcement.
The government had earmarked October 6th for an announcement by Secretary of State for communities Sajid Javid after a six week public inquiry earlier this year looked again at the decision. Today is expected to bring the long running saga to an end.
A History of Fracking in Lancashire
An earth tremor is noticed on the Fylde Coast followed by a second tremor a month later.
A report linked the tremors on the Fylde coast to fracking operations at the Preese Hall drill site. The government halted fracking operations on a temporary basis.
The government rules that fracking operations can resume under strict monitoring and safety regulations.
Cuadrilla announce two new exploration sites in Lancashire. Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road
Cuadrilla submit plans to drill hydraulically fracture and test gas flow at up to four exploration wells at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood
The county council’s development control committee met to decide on the planning applications for shale gas development at the two sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, and for the associated applications for the monitoring arrays to each site. The committee refused planning permission for both exploration sites, and the monitoring site at Preston New Road. The monitoring site at Roseacre Wood was approved.
Cuadrilla lodged four Appeals to the Secretary of State against the decisions to refuse planning permission for both exploration sites, the monitoring site at Preston New Road and against one of the conditions imposed on the planning permission for the monitoring array at Roseacre Wood.
Public inquiry into the decision by Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission to frack in Lancashire gets underway at Blackpool football club.
After 6 weeks the public inquiry comes to a close.
Secretary of State for communities Sajid Javid is expected to announce his decision.
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