Public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s UK fracking licences begins today

By Kasia Patel
Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016

A public hearing will be held regarding Cuadrilla's Lancashire licences, which were rejected by the local council last year. However, the final decision will lie with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – a move that has been criticised by Lancashire Council leaders as undermining trust in the democratic process.

A five week public inquiry into drilling licences requested by UK energy firm Cuadrilla Resources Plc is to begin today. The public hearing will examine two applications for the drilling of up to eight exploratory wells in the Bowland shale formation in England.

In June last year, the UK’s Lancashire...

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