Cuadrilla has been granted the environmental permits to carry out operations at its proposed shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
They set out the conditions Cuadrilla must follow, which includes protecting groundwater, surface water and air quality as well as ensuring the safe storage, management and disposal of waste.
The Environment Agency said it conducted a “rigorous” six-month assessment of the fracking firm’s applications and carried out two public consultations.
Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for Lancashire said: “We are confident the permits issued will ensure people and the environment are protected. The right controls are in place to manage waste and the flaring of gas safely and protect local water resources.
“Should Cuadrilla begin exploration, we will ensure the permit conditions are enforced.”