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Lancashire fracking planning decision 'disappointing'

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.

– Furqan Naeem, from Friends of the Earth

Planners give go-ahead to fracking at Lancashire site

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.

Planning officers have recommended that fracking should take place at one site, subject to strict conditions. Credit: PA Wire

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.


Fracking firm 'confident' planning issues can be fixed

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.

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Greenpeace says Lancashire councillors 'in the spotlight'

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.

– Simon Clydesdale, Greenpeace


Lancashire fracking proposals 'should be refused'

Council officers have recommended Lancashire County Council refuses permission for "fracking" for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire.

Council leaders should refuse to allow fracking at two sites in Lancashire, planning officers say. Credit: PA Wire

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.

Independent polls show 'less than half back fracking'

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.

– Greenpeace

Fracking 'to lessen dependency' on foreign suppliers

Britons would like to see a balanced mix of shale gas and renewable energy, the chief executive of a trade body has said, after a survey found that a "majority" supported fracking.

This survey shows that most people across the country think that shale gas should be developed. More than four out of five of us heat our homes with gas, and Britain's shale resource gives us the opportunity to become less dependent on foreign energy supplies, create tens of thousands of jobs and support our manufacturing industries.

Whilst these results are positive, our industry needs to continue to do all it can to listen to and engage with the views of local communities.

– Ken Cronin, UK Onshore Oil and Gas

Majority of Britons 'in favour of fracking'

Natural gas production from shale enjoys widespread backing across the country, with more than three times as many supporting production as opposing, according to a new survey.

Test site for fracking at Barton Moss, Manchester Credit: PA

The findings, which give a boost to controversial proposals for commercial fracking, come from a survey by Populus of 4,000 adults, commissioned by UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the trade association representing the UK's onshore oil and gas industry.

The study found that 57% of people support the production of natural gas from shale in the UK, compared with 16% who oppose and 27% who are undecided.

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