Environmental groups have been reacting to the news that Lancashire County Council has recommended approval for a fracking site.
Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaigner Daisy Sands said:
"Planning officials have shown there are strong grounds to reject fracking at one of Cuadrilla's two sites. But councillors have even more compelling reasons to deny it at both."
"There's just too much research pointing to the potentially damaging impacts on water supply and air quality, as well as strong public opposition, for fracking to be allowed in the UK again."
"The decision Lancashire authorities will make next week is not about technicalities. It's a stark choice between protecting their communities' health and quality of life and working towards a clean energy future on the one hand, or sacrificing all this for the sake of an unproven and risky industry that may never deliver."
A proposal for a fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire has been recommended for approval by planners at Lancashire County Council.Read the full story ›
Lancashire County Council has recommended an application to begin fracking at a site in Roseacre Wood should be refused.
The application by Cuadrilla - an oil and gas exploration and production company - was recommended for refusal because the Council said the impact of HGVs on local traffic and the highway network would be a risk to the safety of other road users.
An application for a site at Preston New Road has been recommended for approval subject to a number of conditions including control of noise and light in the area.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-ins in the Sixties saw the couple try and bring an end to the Vietnam War and since then there've been other bed-ins for worthy causes. Now one it's the turn of the Happy Mondays star Bez to spend a week in bed to support those fighting fracking in Lancashire. Tim Scott grabbed brought us this report:
Maraca shaking Mancunian, Mark 'Bez' Berry, of the Happy Mondays has started a seven-day bed-in at the Montcalm Hotel, London. The founder of the Reality Party is staging the protest with his girlfriend Firouzeh Razavi against shale fracking.
In a move that emulates John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed protests in 1969 against the Vietnam War, Bez wants to draw attention to the dangers of "undemocratic" fracking.
Councillors in Lancashire have delayed making a decision on whether the energy firm Cuadrilla can drill for shale gas at two areas in the county.
There was a large protest outside county hall in Preston by campaigners opposed to the drilling process known as fracking.
The council will now make a decision on the sites near Blackpool in two months' time.
County councillors have agreed to delay a decision on proposals for two new fracking sites in Lancashire.Read the full story ›
Energy company Cuadrilla say they are "committed to the exploration of shale gas in Lancashire".
The company issued a statement after Lancashire County Council agreed to defer a decision on planning applications to drill for gas in the county.
We recognise the careful consideration that Lancashire County Council has given and its subsequent agreement to our request to defer the determination of our planning applications for shale gas exploration at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. The additional information we have provided on further mitigation measures will, we believe, fully address the noise and traffic concerns raised by the Planning Officer’s in their recommendation to refuse planning permission for both sites.
This additional information will be assessed by the Planning Officers and there will now be an opportunity for the public to properly review and comment on this.
We remain committed to the exploration of shale gas in Lancashire.
The environmental group Greenpeace say Lancashire County Council should put the interest of communities ahead of the shale gas lobby.
"Allowing more time for Cuadrilla to tinker with their application is not going to change the fundamental fact that fracking is a massive gamble with low returns for the people of Lancashire.
"This deferral is just one more example of Cuadrilla’s aggressive lobbying of Lancashire county council to try and get its way despite overwhelming public opposition to fracking.
"The councillors should look again at the mounting evidence of fracking’s environmental, health and climate impacts, and put the well-being of their communities before the interests of the shale lobby."
Councillors in Lancashire have agreed to a request from energy firm Cuadrilla to defer consideration of planning applications for two fracking sites in the county.