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6th October 2016

It’s D-Day for fracking in Lancashire – again.

A little over a year since Lancashire County Council rejected plans to drill for shale gas at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road and anti-fracking campaigners are anxiously awaiting a government announcement.

The government had earmarked October 6th for an announcement by Secretary of State for communities Sajid Javid after a six week public inquiry earlier this year looked again at the decision. Today is expected to bring the long running saga to an end.

A History of Fracking in Lancashire April 2011

An earth tremor is noticed on the Fylde Coast followed by a second tremor a month later.

April 2012

A report linked the tremors on the Fylde coast to fracking operations at the Preese Hall drill site. The government halted fracking operations on a temporary basis.

Decemeber 2012

The government rules that fracking operations can resume under strict monitoring and safety regulations.

February 2014

Cuadrilla announce two new exploration sites in Lancashire. Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road

May 2014

Cuadrilla submit plans to drill hydraulically fracture and test gas flow at up to four exploration wells at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

June 2015

The county council’s development control committee met to decide on the planning applications for shale gas development at the two sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, and for the associated applications for the monitoring arrays to each site. The committee refused planning permission for both exploration sites, and the monitoring site at Preston New Road. The monitoring site at Roseacre Wood was approved.

September 2015

Cuadrilla lodged four Appeals to the Secretary of State against the decisions to refuse planning permission for both exploration sites, the monitoring site at Preston New Road and against one of the conditions imposed on the planning permission for the monitoring array at Roseacre Wood.

February 2016

Public inquiry into the decision by Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission to frack in Lancashire gets underway at Blackpool football club.

March 2016

After 6 weeks the public inquiry comes to a close.

October 2016

Secretary of State for communities Sajid Javid is expected to announce his decision.

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