Environmental Permits granted for Roseacre Fracking site
Posted on: 06/02/2015

Cuadrilla Resources Ltd has been granted initial permits by the Environmental Agency following the company’s proposals for shale gas exploration on the Roseacre Wood site in Lancashire.

Whilst the independent UK energy company still has to obtain authorisation from Lancashire County Council before any work takes place, the award of the permits are certainly step forward having had to jump through further legislative hoops before any operations even begin.

The Environmental Agency commented on their decision: “[we have] carried out a thorough assessment of Cuadrilla’s applications and carried out two periods of extensive public consultation since June 2014”.

Steve Molyneux, environment manager for Lancashire stated: “I am confident that the strict controls set out in the permits to manage waste, safe flaring of gas and conditions to safeguard local water resources will ensure that people and the environment remain protected”.

Cuadrilla applied for planning permission from the County Council back in January, but the council deferred their decision for at least two months to give themselves time to consider all aspects of the request, especially concerns over noise and traffic.

The permits granted to Cuadrilla are in accordance to the recent legislation passed in parliament which requires 13 new compliance measures to be met before the extraction of shale gas. However the further delays from the council represent the further need for companies to gain the permission from both local residents and the council, and Cuadrilla will be forced to delay work until these approvals are granted.

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