The Cheshire-based water company United Utilities has confirmed its considering leasing some of its land to Cuadrilla for fracking. The company say they're in talks to identify suitable sites. Fracking uses water to release gas. Opponents say it can damage the environment.
MPs are meeting to discuss proposals to extract shale gas from sites across the region. Fracking uses high powered jets of water to release underground gas reserves. But opponents say its still unclear how much damage the process could cause.