Environment Agency backs Cuadrilla’s second site

Final of the Young Engineers competition.  Francis Egan from Cuadrilla.

Final of the Young Engineers competition. Francis Egan from Cuadrilla.

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The Environment Agency has granted the environmental permits Cuadrilla needs to carry out operations safely at a second proposed fracking site.

The new permission relates to Roseacre Wood near Elswick.

The permits set out the requirements Cuadrilla must meet to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste.

The Environment Agency has carried out a thorough assessment of Cuadrilla’s applications and carried out two periods of extensive public consultation since June 2014.

Last month the agency granted permission for Cuadrilla’s other proposed site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

Lancashire county council has adjourned a decision on Cuadrilla’s planning applications until the end of April.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “We are pleased that the Environment Agency has granted our permits for our proposed exploration site at Roseacre Wood which follows the approval for permits at our other proposed site at Preston New Road.

“Following such a rigorous review and public consultation of all of our permit applications by the regulator, this unequivocally demonstrates that, as we have committed, our proposed exploratory operations will be carried out responsibly ensuring the local environment is protected.”