A call for Lancashire County Council to support the ‘traffic light system’ of regulation for fracking sites has once again sparked a row over the authority’s stance on the subject – and the procedure for debating it.
People living near Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site have said there are “serious and fundamental errors” in the company’s interpretation of local geology. Preston New Road Action Group, which opposes operations at the site near Blackpool, has sent a lawyer’s letter to the Environment Agency (EA) about its concerns.
The EA is currently considering Cuadrilla’s hydraulic fracturing plan for the second well at Preston New Road, PNR-2. Cuadrilla said last week it expected to begin fracking this well by the end of August.
The group challenged a previous version of the hydraulic fracturing plan for PNR-2 in November 2018. But it said the Environment Agency did not respond beyond an acknowledgement. Cuadrilla later withdrew the document.
Cuadrilla confirmed this morning it was preparing to frack again at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire.
In a statement, the company said it would remobilise hydraulic fracturing and testing equipment to the Preston New Road site between now and September. The work was expected to take two months and was scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2O19
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Conservative-controlled Surrey County Council has declared a climate emergency – almost unanimously.
Just one member of the council abstained and no one voted against.
Councillors arriving for this morning’s meeting were met by a “climate die-in” protest by nearly 100 members of Extinction Rebellion groups in Surrey.
A North Yorkshire resident is turning to the law to get answers about the proposed sale of the troubled would-be fracking company, Third Energy.
Eddie Thornton lives near Kirby Misperton, the site where Third Energy is still waiting for final consent to frack for gas. He has instructed a solicitor to ask questions of the industry regulator, the Oil & Gas Authority, which must approve the sale.