Cuadrilla gets Plumpton fracking permit

The Environmental Agency has granted Cuadrilla the environmental permits for its proposed shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Plumpton.

Cuadrilla logoThe agency made the decision after conducting a six month review of the fracking firm's applications and two rounds of extensive public consultation.

The permits set out the conditions Cuadrilla must follow to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste.

Steve Molyneux, environment manager for Lancashire, said: "After completing a rigorous assessment of Cuadrilla’s application and the public consultation responses, we are confident the permits issued will ensure people and the environment are protected. The right controls are in place to manage waste and the flaring of gas safely, and protect local water resources.

"We value the feedback received during the public consultation and will continue to work with the local community. Should Cuadrilla begin exploration, we will ensure the permit conditions are enforced."

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “This is an important seal of approval from the regulator that the exploration of shale gas can be done responsibly. "This follows a robust and rigorous review of our permit applications, and unequivocally demonstrates that, as we have committed, the local environment will be well protected throughout our proposed exploratory operations.”