Cuadrilla wins permit to frack in Plumpton

THE Environment Agency has given the green light to fracking firm Cuadrilla for its proposed shale gas exploration site at Plumpton in Lancashire.

In a move set to be greeted with dismay by opponents of shale gas extraction, the agency said that in reaching its decision it had spent six months carrying out a "rigourous assessment" of the plans to explore the site at Preston New Road. This  included two periods of extensive public consultation.

It has set a number of conditions that Cuadrilla must follow to protect... For the full story register now for free or login below...