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CPRE Lancashire’s experience with shale gas

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:24

Branch produces short summary document

CPRE Lancashire has produced a “top tips” document for the benefit of other CPRE branches and members which highlights key issues from the Branch’s experience of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, for shale gas in Lancashire, especially in relation to recent planning applications submitted by the energy firm Cuadrilla for permission to frack four horizontal wells (each up to 2000 m in length) at each of its two intended new drilling sites in Fylde.

The Branch has sought to ensure that, if shale gas and oil development is permitted, operations have minimal impact on rural landscapes, avoid pollution and unsustainable use of natural resources, and minimise greenhouse gas emissions. Above all, monitoring arrangements must be in place to ensure that fracking is confined to specified target formations at sufficient depth and executed in a manner which ensures an acceptable degree of risk.

Undoubtedly fracking is a controversial and an extremely complicated issue. It is important that other CPRE Branches consider each application in the context of their local circumstances and make the decision whether to support with conditions or to object outright.

CPRE Lancashire’s documents and position relating to fracking can be viewed in its Shale Gas section of its website.

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