After a long-weekend break, the Cuadrilla fracking inquiry at Blackpool Football Club reaches its final day tomorrow (Wednesday 16th March).
The inquiry has been in session since 9th February reviewing whether Cuadrilla should be allowed to frack at Roseacre Wood and at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton in Lancashire. It has also been considering plans for monitoring schemes around the two sites.
By the end of tomorrow, the inspector, Wendy McKay will have sat through 19 days of arguments and spent another day on a site visit. She has heard evidence from 26 expert witnesses and 143 members of the public, 15 of them in favour and 128 against.
DrillOrDrop has been reporting from every session and there are links to all the reports here.
Last week, the inquiry heard the closing statements from four groups: Friends of the Earth, Preston New Road Action Group and Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council who opposed the plans and the North and Western Chamber of Commerce, which is in favour. DrillOrDrop report
Tomorrow (Wednesday) the final three groups involved in the inquiry will make their closing statements.
First up at 10am is Robin Green, barrister for Roseacre Awareness Group, representing opponents of the Roseacre Wood scheme, and Wharles, Roseacre & Treales Parish Council.
He is followed by Alan Evans, the barrister for Lancashire County Council, and Nathalie Lieven, QC for Cuadrilla.
Ms Lieven will then make an application for costs on behalf of the company. None of the other groups are expected to apply for costs.
The Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark, will make the final decision on the appeal, following a recommendation from Wendy McKay. She may give some indication tomorrow of when that will be.
DrillOrDrop will be reporting live on the final day. We’ll also bring you reaction and a summary of the key planning points that have been discussed over the past five weeks.