Fracking refusal ‘a missed opportunity’

Photo Neil Cross'The anti-fracking protest at County Hall, Preston

Photo Neil Cross'The anti-fracking protest at County Hall, Preston

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A gas industry group has said Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse permission for a fracking monitoring site was a missed opportunity.

Councillors this week turned down an application for seismic monitoring and pressure testing at a former shale gas well.

The plans, submitted by Cuadrilla, would have seen the site at Singleton, near Blackpool, repurposed for use in environmental monitoring instead. It did not include plans for any hydraulic fracturing activity.

Lee Petts, chief executive at the Onshore Energy Services Group, said: “Local people concerned about the potential for fracking to cause minor earth tremors would have benefited most from this proposal. Cuadrilla and the public could have learned a lot from the tests proposed at the Grange Hill site, which would have helped to allay fears about seismic activity.”

Cuadrilla is applying to frack at sites at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.