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Councillors in Lancashire consider second fracking site application

The site at Roseacre Wood Credit: Granada Reports

Councillors in Lancashire are considering a second application to build a site for fracking in Lancashire.

The proposed site at Roseacre was initially recommended for rejection by Lancashire County Council because of the likely impact of HGVs on local traffic.

There were chaotic scenes yesterday when the Council deferred a decision on a different proposed site at Preston New Road until Monday.

The applications by Cuadrilla - an oil and gas exploration and production company - would be the first accepted by any council in the country if Lancashire County Council chooses to go ahead with either site.

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Councillors to decide on Lancashire fracking sites

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Councillors in Lancashire are likely to decide today whether to give the green light to fracking for shale gas in Lancashire.

Energy firm Cuadrilla wants to develop two new sites between Preston and Blackpool to explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas.

A report from Lancashire County Council planning officials recommended that one of the sites - at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton - be passed subject to a number of conditions being met such as hours of working, control of noise and highway matters.

Fracking was suspended in the UK in 2011 following earth tremors in Blackpool where Cuadrilla previously drilled.

Yesterday about 70 speakers - both for and against the Preston New Road proposal - argued their case before the 15 members of the council's development control committee.

That committee is now debating the issues in public, at County Hall in Preston, before voting.

Committee members will also meet on Thursday and Friday to rule on plans by Cuadrilla for a second site at Roseacre Wood, Roseacre.

Planning officials recommended that application be turned down because of the increase in traffic which would result in "an unacceptable impact" on rural roads and reduce road safety.

The Government is pushing for the development of a shale gas industry in the UK, claiming it would create jobs and growth, reduce energy prices and cut the country's reliance on gas imports.

Opponents have raised fears that the process causes earthquakes, can pollute water supplies, and could lead to inappropriate development in the countryside and damage house prices.

Hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - involves pumping water, chemicals and sand at high pressure underground to fracture shale rock and release the gas trapped in it.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood weighs into fracking debate

Vivienne Westwood joined protestors at Preston as councillors decide whether to give two sites the go ahead for shale gas drilling.

The designer claims politicians were failing to properly inform the public on the fracking debate.

A decision on the Preston New Road application at Little Plumpton is expected later today.

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Man found with stab wounds in Blackpool

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A man has been found with stab wounds to his chest in a residential street in Blackpool.

The 28-year-old was discovered on Regent Road around 9pm last night; it's thought he was stabbed within or near to a residential address on the street.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Two men were witnessed running from the scene around the time of the incident.

An 18-year-old man from Huddersfield was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and is currently in police custody but detectives are still asking anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Gareth Willis from Blackpool CID said: “We are still trying to trace a second man who was seen running from the area where the victim was found."

“If anyone has any information or saw what happened, please call us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information can contact Blackpool CID on 101 quoting log number 1424 of June 14th.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted rape for Blackpool attack

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted rape after a woman was assaulted in a Blackpool hotel room yesterday morning.

The 21-year-old woman from Cumbria was injured during the attack at the Regent Hotel on Springfield Road yesterday morning.

She was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with significant head and facial injuries.

The man remains in custody.

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