The Environment Agency believe the request for additional time is appropriate to allow local interested groups to respond as these are the first permit applications which include activities relating to high volume hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.
Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for Lancashire, said “Our regulatory controls for onshore oil and gas are in place to protect people and the environment. We always take the views of the local community seriously and believe an extension is appropriate.”
The consultation period for Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site will run until 5 August and the consultation for its Roseacre Wood site until 19 August. We welcome comments from the public and interested groups on local environmental factors that may be important.
The application documents have been placed online for people to view and provide comments.