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UK gas: Fracking planning decision delayed

The decision on whether to grant permission for controversial plan to extract gas by ‘fracking’ in Lancashire has been deferred until 30 June.

Energy firm Cuadrilla Resources has applied to extract shale gas at sites in Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, near Blackpool. However, local communities have expressed concern and Lancashire County Council recommended in a report that the application be refused, at the Little Plumpton site because of concerns over noise, and at the Roseacre Wood site because of increased traffic.

At a meeting in January, Cuadrilla was allowed time to address these concerns. The council has again deferred its decision until 30 June for more time to review information.

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