Recommendations Published on Shale Gas Planning Applications

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lancashire County Council has published its recommendations on the applications by oil and gas company Cuadrilla to explore for shale gas at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, by drilling, hydraulically fracking and testing the flow of gas.

The recommendations will be considered next week by the county council's Development Control Committee.

The reports with full details of the recommendations can be viewed on the Lancashire County Council website here.

Click on the date of the meeting to view the agenda. The reports will contain officers' recommendations to the committee.

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Notes to editors:

Oil and gas companies Cuadrilla Bowland and Cuadrilla Elswick have applied for planning permission to develop two new sites to explore for shale gas by drilling, hydraulically fracturing, (fracking) and testing the flow of gas. Separate applications have also been received for a series of boreholes to monitor for seismic movement and water quality (there are therefore two applications per site). The county council has received applications for:

• Preston New Road – Little Plumpton, Fylde West. Located north of Preston New Road (the A583), to the west of Little Plumpton (Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd - Application numbers LCC/2014/0096 and 0097):
• Roseacre Wood - Roseacre, Fylde East. Located to the south of the village of Roseacre (Cuadrilla Elswick Ltd – Application numbers LCC.2014/0101 and 0102).

Cuadrilla's applications for Preston New Road and Roaseacre Wood include:

• An application for drilling, fracking and extended flow testing of the gas with a direct connection to a local gas transmission pipeline, if extended testing is thought to be viable and is carried out at each of the sites. It is proposed that the sites will have up to 4 vertical bore holes each with lateral boreholes extending from them, within a defined quadrant as projected to the surface. These applications have been recommended for refusal.
• Associated applications have also been submitted for monitoring arrays. The monitoring arrays are designed to monitor seismic movement and water quality. These applications have been recommended for approval.
• The applications are accompanied by Environment Statements which have been produced as a result of Environmental Impact Assessments. The EIA relates to both the site development and the monitoring array even though they are separate applications.

The council's Development Control Committee will determine the applications for Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood at County Hall, Fishergate, Preston, PR1 8XJ on the following dates:

Wed 28 January 2015 10.00am Planning application for Preston New Road.

Thurs 29 January 2015 10:00am Planning application for Preston New Road continued if necessary. Planning application for Roseacre Wood) will therefore begin at 1.00pm at the earliest.

Friday 30 Jan 2015 10:00am Consideration of Roseacre Wood applications continues (if necessary).


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