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15 June 2015 | by Gabor Chodkowski-Gyurics

Lancashire council planner greenlights Cuadrilla drilling

Lancashire council planner greenlights Cuadrilla drilling
Council planners of the Lancashire county recommended allowing Cuadrilla Resources, the leading shale gas exploration company in the UK, to drill on one of the two planned sites, the Lancashire county announced on June 15. Councillors will vote on the recommendation on June 23 and 25.

Only the Preston New Road site was approved by the council planners, while the other one, Roseacre Wood, was considered to “generate an increase in traffic, particularly heavy ground vehicle movements, that would result in an unacceptable impact on the rural highway network and on existing road users, particularly vulnerable road users and a reduction in overall highway safety that would be severe.”

Cuadrilla was forced to suspend test drilling in Bowland basin’s Preese Hall site, not far from the Roseacre Wood, following small earthquakes that the drilling had caused in June 2011. Despite the company submitting their applications to resume operations in the area back in June 2014, the local council kept postponing the decision, citing the need to do necessary research on night-time noise and heavy traffic that operation of the well would bring.


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