Consultation on Lancashire fracking sites

Fracking: A Cuadrilla Resources site near Preston

Fracking: A Cuadrilla Resources site near Preston

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A Gas drilling company has started a consultation about its proposed new exploration sites in Lancashire.

Cuadrilla Resources intends to apply for planning permission to hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four wells at two new sites in the county - one near Roseacre and one near Little Plumpton.

More than 220 people attended two separate information days – one at Elswick Village Hall, the other at Pipers Height Caravan Park, near Westby – where Cuadrilla had invited residents to find out more about the new sites.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said: “I was pleased to see so many local residents take the opportunity to come to these events. There will be many more chances for people to contribute to the process, and I hope that people will take those chances and get involved.”

At each event there was a range of information on display about the company, its proposals for the new exploration sites, and the environmental assessments that are being carried out.

The team from Cuadrilla and Arup was on hand to answer questions, and record comments that visitors had about the proposed sites. Residents have been asked to provide feedback for this of consultation by Monday March 3.

Des Correia, Arup’s project director, added: “We are keen to make sure that feedback from local people is considered as part of the comprehensive environmental impact assessments we are preparing for the new exploration sites. These events were invaluable in helping us ensure that we can do that.”

Cuadrilla and Arup will now be working to develop planning applications and environmental assessments for the proposed sites, and will consult with communities before they are submitted to Lancashire County Council later this year.