Cuadrilla seeking changes to planning permission rules so it can resume fracking at its site near Blackpool
Energy firm Cuadrilla is seeking a change to planning permission conditions so it can carry out further fracking at its site in Lancashire.
It wants to resume drilling near Blackpool in the coming months, but its planning permission is set to expire at the end of November.
Fracking involves extracting gas from rocks by breaking them up with water and chemicals at high pressure, but has caused earthquakes.
Cuadrilla wants to resume drilling at its Preston Road fracking site near Blackpool (pictured) within the next few months
Cuadrilla is preparing to write to Lancashire County Council to seek extra time at the site – likely to be around 18 months.
Its current conditions state that all drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations are to be completed within 30 months of the date that drilling began.
This would mean it has to finish its operations by the end of November.
However, Cuadrilla says it will have spent no more than 21 months on site since it started drilling.
The firm has been forced to suspend work at the site several times after triggering tremors which exceeded 0.5 on the Richter scale.