Fracking: Cuadrilla to appeal

Anti-fracking protesters celebrate outside Lancashire County Hall after Cuadrilla's fracking application is refused

Anti-fracking protesters celebrate outside Lancashire County Hall after Cuadrilla's fracking application is refused

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Cuadrilla is to appeal against Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject its two applications to frack for shale gas.

The gas exploration company announced this afternoon it was launching appeals against decisions relating to both Lancashire sites.

It had applied to frack at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, and at Roseacre Wood near Elswick.

County council officers had recommended that the Roseacre Wood bid should be dismissed mainly on traffic grounds, but said Preston New Road should be approved.

But members of the development control committee threw out both applications at a marathon hearing last month.

Protesters were delighted – but fully expected Cuadrilla to appeal the decisions.

The Government is fully behind a well-regulated and safe shale gas industry.

But opponents say there could be pollution problems, possible earthquakes and traffic and noise near sites.