The Environment Agency (EA) has today (10 November 2014) announced it is minded to grant Cuadrilla the environmental permits for its proposed shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road.
The decision is subject to a final round of consultation that runs until December 15.
Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, responding to today’s announcement, said:
“We welcome the announcement by the Environment Agency that it is minded to approve our permits. It comes at the end of a robust and rigorous review of our permit applications to ensure that, as we have committed, the local environment is well protected throughout our proposed exploratory operations. We will of course comply fully with their requirements for our proposed new sites.”