Cuadrilla fracking decision put back – again

A decision on whether to allow Cuadrilla to frack in Lancashire has been delayed by county councillors – again. Lancashire County Council said it has agreed with the fracking firm […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A decision on whether to allow Cuadrilla to frack in Lancashire has been delayed by county councillors – again.

Lancashire County Council said it has agreed with the fracking firm to extend the time period to 30th June 2015.

Cuadrilla had submitted applications to explore for shale gas at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

The council was initially due to make a decision in January this year but deferred it following a plea from the company.

That was meant to give Cuadrilla more time to consult on new information mainly relating to noise and traffic as planning officials had previously recommended rejecting the applications over those concerns.

The county council said it would make a decision on 30th April but has now delayed it again until the end of June.

“The council has subsequently consulted upon the new information provided by Cuadrilla and planning officers must now review the feedback from the consultation period and the details supplied by Cuadrilla, before preparing reports for a further meeting of the committee,” it announced today.

Consultation on further information relating to both sites took place from 20th March to 17th April.