Cuadrilla UK fracking licence rejected in "surprise" decision

By Kasia Patel
Published: Monday, 29 June 2015

Although the Lancashire planning officers had recommended fracking activity go ahead at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site, the Lancashire Council has rejected the energy firm's licence on the basis of noise and visual pollution. While the company is now considering an appeal for all of its rejected licences, the government has been called on to review the decision making process, which in this case was dragged out to 15 months.

The UK’s Lancashire County Council has refused the application made by energy company Cuadrilla Resources to carry out hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations at the company’s Preston New Road site in the north of England on the grounds of noise and visual impact.

The committee also refused a separate...

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