Cuadrilla fracking plans – reaction to refusal recommendation


Our round-up of reaction to this morning’s recommendation by Lancashire County Council planners to reject Cuadrilla’s planning applications for fracking at two sites in the Fylde. Statements from:

  • Cuadrilla
  • Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace
  • Fylde anti-fracking campaign group
  • Industry representatives
  • Government

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Why Lancs planners recommend refusal of Cuadrilla’s fracking applications


At 9am Lancashire County Council released the recommendation of its planners to refuse planning permission for Cuadrilla’s two applications to drill, frack and test for shale gas.

The company is seeking permission to develop exploratory shale gas sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road in the Fylde. The council’s planning committee will decide on the applications next week.

The planners’ 684-page report concluded both applications should be refused because

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