Cuadrilla loses appeal to drill second Lancashire fracking site

Cuadrilla's appeal to drill a four-well gas fracturing site at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire has been rejected.
Cuadrilla's appeal to drill a four-well gas fracturing site at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire has been rejected.

Cuadrilla has lost an appeal to drill a second fracking site in Lancashire.

The energy firm had hoped to establish a four-well site at Roseacre Wood, nearby to its current drilling facility at Preston New Road.

A planning application was initially denied by Lancashire County Council in 2015 over concerns on the impact to the area.

Cuadrilla appealed and the company was allowed to set out its case on the issue of highway safety, however the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has today refused planning permission.

In a letter, it states the Secretary of State agrees with the original inspector that the issue has not been “satisfactorily addressed”.

A spokesman for Cuadrilla said: “We are naturally disappointed about the decision on Roseacre Wood and will examine the details in full before reaching a position. However, we continue to be focused on the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, where we have recently released very encouraging flow test results from the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.

“Cuadrilla and its investors remain committed to this opportunity and the overall prize for the UK, which includes energy security, jobs and revenue for the country. These are all well within our grasp at Preston New Road and we seek to further prove this concept in the weeks and months to come.”

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