You will have no doubt heard that the decision on whether to allow fracking in Lancashire has been deferred by county councillors, following a request from energy firm Cuadrilla.
The firm had applied to extract shale gas at its sites in Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, near Blackpool. But Lancashire County Council planners recommended rejecting the application due to noise and traffic problems. It was due to be discussed by councillors, but has now been deferred by eight weeks.
This decision reflects the fact that the environmental risks posed by the proposed hydraulic fracturing are understood, can be very low, and can be adequately mitigated. Like any development, it’s normal town and country planning issues that will decide whether or not permissions are granted – noise, traffic, etc are the issues that have real potential to affect nearby communities. You can read more about the decision here.