Cuadrilla reveals fracking sites

In response to last week’s government announcement that fracking has been given the go-ahead, the main company behind the process has revealed its first two target sites.

The company hopes to explore reserves at Banks, between Preston and Southport, and Westby, near Lytham St Annes.

First, it will need to work with Lancashire County Council and the Environment Agency to acquire the necessary permits. The duration of the process is unknown, but Cuadrilla is confident of securing permission.

The first exploratory fracking will help determine the levels of shale gas locked underground and whether it is worth the company harvesting it.

It was recently revealed by the British Geological Survey that the 1,000 square kilometres covered by the Bowland Basin to the east of Blackpool contains 300 trillion cubic feet of gas, equivalent to 17 times the remaining known reserves in the North Sea. The whole process remains controversial due to it causing two earthquakes in Blackpool last year, however a new Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil is due to be set up by the government to regulate the practice.