Public Health England says the risks to people's health from fracking are low as long as the process is "properly run and regulated"
Fracking close to an important wildlife site could disturb birds, conservationists warned as they lodged an objection to the planned scheme.
Church of England in Lancashire questions if fracking is a threat to God's creation
Residents and businesses in Lancashire have joined a legal challenge to stop the controversial drilling for shale gas - known as fracking.
They claim companies who drill near their homes without their permission are trespassing.
The challenge is being funded by the environmental pressure group Greenpeace.
Fracking company Cuadrilla insist future drilling will be safe and legal.
Environment campaigners in Lancashire have launched a legal challenge to fracking across England.
The announcement against the controversial extraction of shale gas was made in Preston by Greenpeace and residents living close to potential sites.
The challenge is based on claims that fracking companies would be trespassing by drilling horizontally under people's homes.
Liz Stanton from Greenpeace is 1 of 10 protesters who've built a mock gas drilling rig outside the Lancashire County Council chambers in Preston. The controversial method of gas extraction is being trialled at several sites across the county
– Francis Egan, Cuadrilla Chief Executive
“The British Geological Survey's new resource estimate for the Bowland
Basin is fantastic news for Lancashire and the UK as a whole. It confirms
the huge natural gas volumes contained within the shale rock in our
exploration licence area. Successful development of this natural gas
resource will, we believe, significantly reduce the country's reliance on
imported coal and gas, create thousands of jobs, generate significant tax
revenues and exert downward pressure on domestic gas prices.