An energy firm is to drill four bore-holes for ground water monitoring at a Lancashire fracking site. Cuadrilla plans to carry out tests at its Preston New Road site.
It is one of two sites the firm has appealed to be allowed to carry out hydraulic fracturing, following refusal by the council.
The appeal outcome has yet to be announced. Lancashire County Council said planning permission was “normally not needed”.
Cuadrilla said it will also be submitting a similar notification for its proposed Roseacre Wood site. […]
Chief executive Francis Egan, said he has written to residents near each site.
“Whilst we wait for the outcome of our appeals for planning permission for both exploration sites, we want to ensure that if we do get the go ahead we are fully prepared to meet our obligations on baseline monitoring of the ground water,” he said.
A council spokesman said: “Cuadrilla has notified the county council of its intention to exercise the company’s right to permitted development for water monitoring at Preston New Road.