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County councillors have rejected plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire, according to reports.
Energy firm Cuadrilla wanted to undertake exploratory drilling and fracking at a site in Little Plumpton, between Preston and Blackpool.
Planning officials recommended approval of the operation subject to a number of conditions but the council's development control committee have rejected the advice and voted against it by 10 to four.
Members of the public stood up and applauded the decision as the motion was passed.
The Government has said it is going "all out for shale", and claims it the controversial procedure would create jobs and growth, as well as reducing energy prices and cutting the country's reliance on gas imports.
However opponents insist that the process, which pumps water underground to release gas trapped in shale rock, causes earthquakes, can pollute water supplies, and could lead to inappropriate development in the countryside.
Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has said it is "disappointed" that planning officers have recommended fracking proposals for a site in Lancashire to be approved.
Planning officers have not recognised the unacceptable impact that Cuadrilla's plans to frack at Preston New Road would have on local people, climate change and the environment.
The council must now listen to the tens of thousands of people who have objected to fracking at both sites, and the strong evidence put before them, and reject both of Cuadrilla's proposals to frack.
Rejecting Cuadrilla's plans is the only way to stop Lancashire's communities and environment being made the UK's guinea pig for risky and polluting fracking.
Proposals for fracking for shale gas at a site in Lancashire should be approved, planning officers have recommended.
Lancashire County Council published reports with recommendations on planning applications from shale company Cuadrilla to develop two new sites between Preston and Blackpool to explore for shale gas by drilling, fracking and testing the flow of gas.
The application for a site at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton has been recommended to be passed, subject to a lengthy number of conditions being met, the council said.
But planning officials said an application for a similar site at Roseacre Wood should be turned down because of an increase in traffic.
The council's development control committee is due to make decisions on the planning applications next week.
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Shale company Cuadrilla has asked Lancashire County Council to defer the decision on two planning applications for fracking sites to allow for new information it has submitted on noise levels and traffic to be fully considered.
The fracking industry has received a setback by planning officers who recommended that proposals for two sites in Lancashire should be rejected over concerns about noise and traffic.
But while campaigners celebrated today, Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, told ITV News the objections focused on smaller local issues that the company says it is "confident can be addressed."
ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports.
Greenpeace said it "applauds" the recommendation council officers published today and urged councillors to follow the advice.
The council now faces a clear choice: They can listen to the planners, and the Lancashire residents that elected them - almost two-thirds of whom want a moratorium on fracking.
Or they can kowtow to the corporate and political interests keen to force through fracking at almost any cost.
The whole country is looking to Lancashire to protect its communities from the unnecessary risks that fracking plays with our futures.
Council officers have recommended Lancashire County Council refuses permission for "fracking" for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire.
The Lancashire County Council report said bids for the sites, at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, should be turned down because of concerns over noise pollution and "an unacceptable impact" on residents.
The council is due to make a final decision on the applications from shale company Cuadrilla next week.
The Government is heavily in favour of shale gas exploration in the UK saying it would create jobs, growth and cheaper energy bills.
If council leaders agree with the report's recommendations, it will be seen as a major blow to the industry.
Greenpeace has called a new survey into fracking "smoke and mirrors", after it found that the majority of Britons backed the controversial production. A spokesman said:
Surely it's no coincidence that the only survey out there showing this level of public support for fracking has been commissioned by the industry lobby. All independent polls show less than half of Britain backs shale drilling.