Timeline on fracking in Lancashire
As the death knoll sounds on fracking, here's a look back at what's happened up until now
Shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla gets planning permission from Lancashire County Council to drill test wells for natural gas in the county.
Cuadrilla starts its drilling operations in Lancashire. It drills wells at Preese Hall, Weeton, that month followed by Grange Hill, Singleton, in 2011 and Anna’s Road, Westby, in 2012.
Two tremors are felt which were later linked to fracking of the well drilled at Preese Hall.
A tremor measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale is felt.
A tremor measuring 1.4 is felt.
End of May 2011
The Government imposes a moratorium on fracking.
After consulting experts the Government decides fracking can resume with strict controls and regulation. Ed Davey makes the announcement.
Cuadrilla lodges two applications to drill and then test frack. One at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, and another at Roseacre Wood.
Lancashire County Council refuses planning permission for fracking to go ahead at the two sites. Cuadrilla appeals three months later.
A public inquiry is held at Blackpool Football Club which lasts for six weeks.
Minister Sajid Javed overrules the council and allows fracking to go ahead at Preston New Road but defers a decision on Roseacre over traffic safety.
Work begins preparing the Preston New Road site for two horizontally drilled wells.
Protests begin at Preston New Road as Cuadrilla begins fracking well number one.
Four mini earthquakes are recorded at the site after the first frack.
Five MPs call for an end to fracking after the 36th tremor is recorded.
Fracking halts and Cuadrilla assesses the results and gas flow.
Cuadrilla starts fracking the second well at Preston New Road.
The largest tremor yet, measuring 2.9ML, is felt by neighbours. Calls are made for fracking to stop. Work at the Preston New Road site is halted by regulators as the tremor is assessed.
November 1 2019
Fracking is banned.