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UK fracking: shale gas gets a boost at Lancashire site

Fracking for shale gas in Lancashire should be approved at one site, planning officers have recommended, potentially allowing a US-style natural gas revolution.

Decisions on whether to grant permission for the controversial plan to extract gas by ‘hydraulic fracturing’ (fracking) had been deferred until June 30. Yet Lancashire Council has recommended energy company Cuadrilla Resources be granted planning permission to ‘frack’ at one site but another be refused due to the volume of traffic it would cause.

Natural gas extraction

The energy company is seeking permission to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre, both between Blackpool and Preston.

Planning officials have recommended that the Preston New Road site should be approved. But officials have suggested the Roseacre site should be rejected, as the lorries to and from the site would have a ‘severe’ impact on road safety.

Dangerous fracking?

This is the first time fracking has been recommended for approval in the UK since a ban on the practice was imposed in 2011, when Cuadrilla admitted it had caused tremors fracking near Blackpool. If the firm gets planning permission, it could start drilling at the end of 2015 and fracking by summer 2016.

The applications will be discussed further at Lancashire County Council meetings next week, where a final decision will be made.

Cheaper business energy

The US has seen gas and oil from fracking significantly lower energy bills, offering businesses a significant competitive advantage.

While such benefits from fracking are likely a long way off in the UK, businesses can get cheaper commercial gas tariffs today, without the hassle of trawling through scores of quotes. can compare business gas deals and switch gas supplier in just 20 minutes. Simply fill in the form at the top right of this page or call our impartial experts on 0330 0100 251.

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