Environment Agency grants shale gas permit for Lancashire site

Energy firm Cuadrilla is seeking planning permission in four sites in the Flyde area. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency has granted Cuadrilla the environmental permits it needs to carry out operations at their proposed shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Plumpton in Lancashire.

The permits set out the conditions Cuadrilla must follow to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste.

Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for Lancashire, said:

"We are confident the permits issued will ensure people and the environment are protected. The right controls are in place to manage waste and the flaring of gas safely, and protect local water resources.

[...] Should Cuadrilla begin exploration, we will ensure the permit conditions are enforced."

– Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for Lancashire