Preston New Road, Lancashire

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Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 28 November 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

Key facts

Address: Plumpton Hall Farm, off Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

Planning applications: LCC/2014/0096 and LCC/2014/0097

Secretary of State’s report approving planning permission, including conditions

Environmental permits

Operator: Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd

Licence: EXL 269 within PEDL165

Status: Two shale gas wells drilled; one well fracked; well test underway, fracking equipment taken offsite

Site photos

Timeline

Last updated 4/12/2019

3 December 2019

Key staff quit Cuadrilla as company scales down fracking site. Details

Update to community liaison group reports reduction in police numbers outside Preston New Road, plans to restore 50 mph speed limit, review of site of equipment, closure of site viewing area and dedicated phone inquiry number. Details

30 November 2019

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Preston New Road gate camp monitoring activities at Cuadrilla’s fracking site. Photo: Gate Camp

Anti-fracking campaigners close round-the-clock Gate Camp outside the Preston New Road entrance. Details

Planning permission for drilling and fracking expires. Details

20 November 2019

Anti-fracking group condemns “aggressive eviction” of protest camp. Details

19 November 2019

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Dawn eviction of New Hope anti-fracking camp near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 19 November 2019. Photo: Able Enforcements

Dawn eviction of anti-fracking camp near Cuadrilla’s shale gas site. Details

11 November 2019

More equipment leaves fracking site as Cuadrilla announces end of gas flow test. Details

7 November 2019

Lancashire tremors push fracking opposition to record high. Details

4 November 2019

Fylde businessman to head legal action against Cuadrilla over fracking quake damage. Details

3 November 2019

Investor AJ Lucas backs Cuadrilla over fracking moratorium. Details

2 November 2019

Government orders immediate moratorium on fracking in England because of tremor risk. Details

28 October 2019

Cuadrilla to pay “few hundred pounds” for homes said to be damaged by fracking tremor. Details

Lancashire fracking support group to be wound down. Details

24 October 2019

Environment Agency varies permit to allow use of nitrogen lifting and venting of waste gases. Details

Residents “astounded” by decision which could lead to methane and benzene venting at fracking site. Details

15 October 2019

Under half arrests at Cuadrilla’s fracking site have led to convictions – new data. Details

14 October 2019

Fylde Council calls for immediate local ban on “unsafe” fracking. Details

6 October 2019

Last fracking-induced tremor from Preston New Road recorded by British Geological Survey. Details

2 October 2019

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Equipment demobilised from Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 2 October 2019. Photo: Ros Wills

Frack pumps leave Preston New Road as campaigners mark 1,000 days of protest. Details

30 September 2019

Cuadrilla confirms no more fracking will take place at Preston New Road before a planning deadline at the end of November. Details

26 September 2019

Cuadrilla sent office staff to check property damage from UK’s biggest fracking earth tremor. Details

18 September 2019

Government says fracking suspension at Preston New Road will continue during investigation into tremors. Details

12 September 2019

Cuadrilla fracked seven times before record-breaking tremor – official logs. Details

10 September 2019

Boat blocks fracking site in climate protest. Details

5 September 2019

Cuadrilla warned over three more permit breaches at Preston New Road. Details

3 September 2019

Judge dismisses campaigners’ bid to quash Cuadrilla injunction Details and imposes suspended jail sentences Details

2 September 2019

Tremors continue as data shows strongest seismicity followed Cuadrilla’s final frack. Details

31 August 2019

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Businessman Mark Mills speaking outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road near Blackpool. on 31 August 2019. Photo: Refracktion

Rally outside Preston New Road in protest a tremors. Businessman tells audience “if you support fracking, you’re complicit in earthquakes”. Cuadrilla says it’s “sorry for any concern”. Details

Residents demand answers on emergency planning at fracking site after recent tremors. Details

28 August 2019

Intensity of record-breaking fracking tremor upgrade – “many frightened” as residents report damage. Details

27 August 2019

Residents’ letter urges Cuadrilla to abandon fracking at Preston New Road. Details

26 August 2019

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Relative size of earth tremors induced by fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 15-29 August 2019. Chart: Refracktion

Anger as UK’s largest fracking tremor at 2.9ML shakes Lancashire. Details

Fracking suspended at Preston New Road. Details

“Cuadrilla should not be allowed to frack again after 2.9ML tremor”, say campaigners. Details

25 August 2019

2.1ML tremor – call for fracking ban after buildings and windows shaken. Details

24 August 2019

Tremors pause fracking again at Preston New Road. Details

Suspicion over fracking firm’s “secret deal” with geological agency. Details

21 August 2019

1.6ML earth tremor recorded at Preston New Road fracking site. Pumping paused for 18 hours. Details

Residents say they’re “living in fear”. Details

15 August 2019

Fracking resumes at Preston New Road. Details

First seismic event. Details

10 August 2019

Cuadrilla fails to fix well problem at Preston New Road, residents told. Details

5 August 2019

All consents in place to frack again in Lancashire, says Cuadrilla. Details

3 August 2019

Cuadrilla to seek another 18 months to drill and frack at Preston New Road. Details

30 July 2019

Regulator approves frack plan for second Lancashire shale gas well. Details

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Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 30 July 2019. Photo: Refracktion

Labour leader joins Lancashire campaigners at Preston New Road to demand a ban on fracking. Details

25 July 2019

Cuadrilla profits fall in “relentless and exhilarating year”. Details

16 July 2019

Early morning return of fracking equipment prompts local complaints. Details

Cuadrilla seeks another rule change for fracking site. Details

14 July 2019

Community group challenges Cuadrilla’s view of geology at fracking site. Details

11 July 2019

Cuadrilla announces it is to frack second well. Details

EA grants permit changes. Details

10 July 2019

100th “women in white” gathering at fracking site. Details

9 July 2019

Water monitoring at fracking site missed key chemicals, says Environment Agency. Details

4 July 2019

Oil & Gas Authority releases Preston New Road fracking data. Details

2 July 2019

Cuadrilla says it is exploring use of shale gas to make hydrogen for heating. Details

28 June 2019

Anti-fracking protesters found in contempt of court but judge says they will not go to prison – sentencing delayed until September 2019. Details

25 June 2019

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Christopher Wilson, Katrina Lawrie and Lee Walsh with supporters outside Manchester Civil Justice Centre on 25 June 2019. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Trial begins of protesters accused of contempt of court for breaching injunction at fracking site. Details

18 June 2019

Surface water from fracking site to go into nearby brook following permit change. Details

17 June 2019

Cuadrilla submits hydraulic fracturing plan for second well (PNR-2) – fracking tremors could reach 3.1ML but very unlikely, the company says. Details

24 May 2019

Environment Agency confirms that some flowback fluid from Preston New Road has been sent to a treatment centre in Leeds. Details

21 May 2019

Cuadrilla breached permit over venting unburned methane at Lancashire fracking site. Details

2 May 2019

No review of fracking tremor rules – minister. Details

30 April 2019

Cuadrilla dismantles noise barrier around the well head. Pictures

25 April 2019

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Drone picture of Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, near Blackpool, 25 April 2019. Photo: Debs Jackson

Lancashire fracking site looks like an “abandoned ghost town”, says campaign group. Details

20 April 2019

Letter reveals Cuadrilla is running out of time to frack Blackpool wells. Details

17 April 2019

Equipment leaves Cuadrilla’s fracking site. Details

4 April 2019

Cuadrilla calls for new approach to fracking earthquake rules. Details

1 April 2019

Confidential records reveal limitations of Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking operation. Details

26 March 2019

Trial collapses against nine anti-fracking protesters in 60-hour lock-on outside Preston New Road. Details

14 March 2019

Technical terms in Preston New Road fracking consultation “misled the public” over harm from chemicals, industrial chemist complains. Details

11 March 2019

Cuadrilla confirms overnight convoy delivered equipment to prepare for fracking later in the year. Details

8 March 2019

Lorry surf protest outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.

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Lorry protest outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road, 8 March 2019. Photo: Ros Wills

1 March 2019

Data reveals Cuadrilla vented methane several times during well tests. Detail

24 February 2019

Cuadrilla announces technical director, Mark Lappin, is retiring. He is being replaced by Sau Wai Wong on 11 March 2019. Details

20 February 2019

Cuadrilla applies for more environmental permit changes – additional chemicals to improve fracking performance. Detail

10 February 2019

Geoscientists join call for review of fracking tremor rules – opponents say industry must prove it can frack safely. Details

7 February 2019

Earthquake fears push up opposition to fracking in government survey. Details

6 February 2019

Cuadrilla calls for urgent review of rules on fracking-induced earth tremors after revealing it fully fractured only 5% of PNR-1z. Details

31 January 2019

Flowback tanks removed from site. See Site photos

15 January 2019

Environment Agency information reveals that fracked levels at the site were so low that propane was needed to light the flare stack. Details

11 January 2019

High Court quashes Friends of the Earth challenge to fracking permit. Details

10 January 2019

Cuadrilla has less than a year to drill two shale wells and frack three under the terms of its planning permission. Details

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Removal of the top of the coiled tubing tower at Preston New Road, 19 December 2018. Photo: Barbara Cookson

29 December 2018

Photos show top of the coiled tubing tower being removed from the Preston New Road site. Details

20 December 2018

Environment Agency update reports two more small permit breaches at Preston New Road. Details

18 December 2018

Cuadrilla says some equipment is being moved off Preston New Road but will return. Details

14 December 2018

Cuadrilla stops fracking after a 0.9ML earth tremor – seismic events at the site top 50. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

Lancashire County Council calls for government funding of anti-fracking protest policing at Preston New Road. Details

Lancashire shale gas supporters welcome vote on Conservative county council amended motion which “expresses appreciation for the highly detailed and professional monitoring of the exploration at Preston New Road”. Details

13 December 2018

Lancashire County Council told that 1.5ML tremor from fracking at Preston New Road felt “like a car hitting a building at speed” Details

Micro-seismic event at Preston New Road. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

11 December 2018

1.5ML tremor recorded at Preston New Road – largest so far. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

10 December 2018

Cuadrilla resumes fracking – first seismic activity recorded for five weeks. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

29 November 2018

Environment Agency defends decision on fracking waste at Preston New Road during a judicial review at the High Court in London. Details

A J Lucas, one of two major investors in Cuadrilla, announces strategy to deal with earth tremors at Preston New Road. Details

28 November 2018

Regular protests pull out of police liaison meeting and accuse Lancashire Constabulary of “irreparably damaging” community relations. Details

19 November 2018

Neighbours of the Preston New Road site tell public health experts their well being has already been affected by the site. Details

The former energy secretary, Sir Ed Davey, urges the government not to relax the safety rules on fracking earth tremors. Details

15 November 2018

The shale gas commissioner, Natascha Engel, visits opponents of Cuadrilla’s fracking plans and is told Lancashire communities will never accept the process. Details

13 November 2018

A government-commissioned report likens the 1.1ML tremor to a bag of flour dropping on the floor. Details

6 November 2018

Lancashire MPs call for government action over fracking tremors. Details

4 November 2018

0.7ML tremor recorded. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

2 November 2018

Cuadrilla announces first shale gas from Preston New Road. Details

Two micro-seismic events. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

1 November 2018

Residents warn they will take legal action of the government relaxes fracking seismicity rules. Details

Micro-seismic event. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

30 October 2018

Councillors and campaigners call on the government to halt fracking at Preston New Road following earth tremors of increasing strength. Details

Three micro-seismic events. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

29 October 2018

1.1ML tremor stops fracking at Preston New Road. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

27 October 2018

Five tremors, including a 0.8ML trailing event. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

26 October 2018

First red-level tremor – 0.8ML – at Preston New Road. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

25 October 2018

Amber-level tremor – 0.3ML – at Preston New Road. Details  and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

24 October 2018

Tremors at Preston New Road, including a 0.5ML and 0.4ML. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

23 October 2018

Amber-level tremor – 0.4ML – at Preston New Road. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

20 October 2018

Estimated crowd of 1,000 people gathers outside Preston New Road for climate rally. Details

One micro-seismic event. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

19 October 2018

0.3ML tremor at Preston New Road. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

18 October 2018

Three micro-seismic events. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

17 October 2018

Appeal court quashes “manifestly excessive” jail sentence on three campaigners who took part in lorry-surfing protest outside Preston New Road. Details

Environment Agency confirms that fracking took place. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

16 October 2018

Vivienne Westwood joins Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners at Preston New Road. Details

Environment Agency confirms that fracking took place. DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

15 October 2018

Cuadrilla starts fracking at Preston New Rod – the first high volume hydraulic fracture in the UK since 2011 and the first of a horizontal shale gas well. Protesters block the site entrance. Details and DrillOrDrop Tremor Tracker

13 October 2018

Storm Callum delays Cuadrilla’s first frack. Details

MP asks government to investigate judge who jailed anti-fracking protesters. Details

12 October 2018

Court clears the way for first frack for seven years – Cuadrilla says it starts tomorrow. Details

11 October 2018

Court ruling on Cuadrilla fracking injunction delayed. Details

5 October 2018

High Court grants temporary injunction against fracking at Preston New Road. Details

Cuadrilla announces that fracking on first horizontal well due to start in next week. Details

Campaigners jailed for their part in a protest at Preston New Road are to appeal against sentences. Details

4 October 2018

Campaigners seek emergency court injunction against fracking at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site. Details

1 October 2018

Cuadrilla publishes seismic data for fracking site. Details

26 September 2018

Three men jailed for 99-hour anti-fracking lorry protest outside Preston New Road. Details

24 September 2018

Oil and Gas Authority gives final approval for fracking at first horizontal shale gas well at Preston New Road. Details

Protesters “kettled” by police as overnight convoy of fracking equipment delivered to site. Details

19 September 2018

Cuadrilla announces it has permission from the Secretary of State to frack second shale gas well at Preston New Road. Details

14 September 2018

Lancashire Police announce it is using drones to film the area around Cuadrilla’s fracking site. Details

14 August 2018

Cuadrilla warned over another environmental breach at Preston New Road. Details

7 August 2018

Dame and a Baroness say they’re willing to break the injunction against protests. Details

4 August 2018

Cuadrilla applies for consent from the Secretary of State to frack its second shale gas well. Details

24 July 2018

Cuadrilla granted fracking consent for UK’s first horizontal shale gas well. Details

17 July 2018

Cuadrilla completes second shale gas well. Details

11 July 2018

Cuadrilla granted injunction on protests at Preston New Road until 2020. Details

28 June 2018

Mass protest rally at Preston New Road. Details

4 June 2018

Centrica payment puts Cuadrilla in profit in annual accounts. Details

1 June 2018

Judge grants temporary injunction against protests at Lancashire fracking site. Details

21 May 2018

Cuadrilla seeks to extend protest injunction at Preston New Road and applies for fracking consent. Details

3 May 2018

Friends of the Earth takes legal action against the Environment Agency over Preston New Road permit. Details

2 May 2018

Environment Agency confirms another rule change for Cuadrilla’s fracking site. Details

6 April 2018

Fire service ordered to release emergency planning information for Cuadrila’s fracking site. Details

26 January 2018

Closing date for comments on variation of permit condition on surface water disposal.

14 December 2017

Cuadrilla seeks another change to the environmental permit for Preston New Road – to allow discharge of surface water into Carr Bridge Brook. Details

Email used to support decision on night-time deliveries is revealed to be unauthorised by the ambulance service. Details

13 December 2017

Lancashire County Council allows night-time deliveries at Cuadrilla’s fracking site – residents say it’s a “dilution of conditions”. Details

12 December 2017

Permit change approved for Preston New Road shale gas site, despite fears of intensified fracking. Details

Environment Minister, in a written answer, says the Environment Agency has asked Cuadrilla to address management of surface water at Preston New Road as a matter of priority. Details

8 December 2017

Cuadrilla Q&A dismisses concerns about sour gas at Preston New Road. Details

7 December 2017

Cuadrilla announces plans for seismic surveys in field next to the Preston New Road site. Details

13 October 2017

Cuadrilla seeks permission for night deliveries at Lancashire fracking site

10 October 2017

Police drag 85-year-old activist, Anne Power, across Preston New Road. Details

6 October 2017

Cuadrilla hosts first fracking site online tour and Q&A. Details

29 September 2017

Businessman defies police warning with horn-honking convoy past Preston New Road site. Details

15 September 2017

Shadow chancellor promises support to protesters during visit to Preston New Road. Details

30-31 August 2017

Hearing at Court of Appeal in London for appeal against dismissal of statutory challenges made by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman. DrillOrDrop reports: Day 1 Preston New Road Action Group caseDay 1 Gayzer Frackman case; Day 2 Cases of Communities’ Secretary and Cuadrilla and summing up

29 August 2017

Three Green Party members from Lancaster take part in boat protest outside Preston New Road to draw attention to what they say are the climate risks of shale gas operations. DrillOrDrop report

26 August 2017

Lancashire Police announced there were 96 arrests at Preston New Road in July 2017. DrillOrDrop report

17 August 2017

Drilling begins and first well spudded. OGA public well search and DrillOrDrop report

1 August 2017

Breach of environmental permit condition at Preston New Road through the use of unauthorised skip. Details

28 July 2017

1,200+ people call for removal of rig from Cuadrilla’s fracking site following delivery outside permitted hours. Details

27 July 2017

Drilling rig arrives at 4.15am, in breach of planning conditions. Details

24 July 2017

North Wales police pull officers out of mutual aid agreement at Preston New Road. Details

12 July 2017

Bailiffs evict roadside camp and tower. Details

7 July 2017

Cuadrilla applies for a variation of its environmental permit prompting concerns about “intensified fracking”. Details

5 July 2017

Police investigate complaint of assault made by a protester against a security guard. Details

3 July 2017

Three women councillors join 13-person anti-fracking lock-on protest outside the site. Details

27 June 2017

Fylde residents urged to “stand up and show your disapproval” of shale gas plans for Preston New Road at a meeting attended by 450+ people in Lytham. Details

23 June 2017

Drone pictures (filmed on 22 June) raise concern over surface water on the site. Details

Date set for 30 and 31 August for hearing at the Court of Appeal of campaigners’ case against approval of permission for fracking at Preston New Road. Details 

14 June 2017

Two breaches of environmental permit from surface water problems. Details

1 June 2017

Conductor rig installed to set conductor pipe – the first layer of well casing. Details

31 May 2017

Cuadrilla says work at Preston New Road boosted spending with Lancashire suppliers. Details

17 May 2017

Anti-fracking campaigners accuse police of “disproportionate and aggressive” tactics at Preston New Road. Details

26 April 2017

Cuadrilla publishes environmental data from shale gas site. Details

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Preston New Road site, 17April 2017. Photo: Frack Free Creators: Knitting Nanas of Lancashire

13 April 2017

Cuadrilla announces viewing area for Preston New Road site. Opponents say it’s a PR stunt. Details

12 April 2017

High court judge dismisses challenge by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman. DrillOrDrop reports: Breaking news, Details and Reaction and What the judge said about the challenges 

4 April 2017

Lancashire Police estimates policing operations at Preston New Road will cost an extra £450,000 a month. 35 people arrested at the site between 5 January and 5 March, all but seven resulting in charges. Details

16 March 2017

Day two of statutory challenge at Manchester High Court. DrillOrDrop report Government lawyers defend decision to give planning consent to Cuadrilla fracking plans

15 March 2017

Day one of statutory challenge at Manchester High Court by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackiman against permission for drilling, fracking and testing granted by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.
DrillOrDrop reports: Cuadrilla’s Lancs shale gas exploration plans were “production in disguise” – High Court told and Shale gas regulation is not “up to scratch” – High Court challenge to Lancs fracking consent

10 March 2017

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner writes to the Communities’ Secretary, Sajid Javid, asking him to pay for protest policing at Preston New Road. Details

9 March 2017

Eight people arrested after a lock-on outside the site and charged with failing to comply with a police direction on prohibited assembly. Details

8 March 2017

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner visits Preston New Road protest. Details Three people arrested during protests near the site. Details

6 March 2017

Judge at the High Court in Manchester grants Cuadrilla an injunction over the Preston New Road site but rejects the company’s proposal for a protest area. Details

Two councillors, injured during policing of protests, accuse officers of trying to provoke protesters. Details

2 March 2017

Cuadrilla breaches environment permit condition when surface water discharges into tributary of Carr Bridge Brook. Details

1 March 2017

Two people, including a Kirkham Town Council, injured during policing of protests outside the site. Both needed hospital treatment. Details Lancashire Police correct statement about the breach of the fence at Preston New Road. Details

Senior Lancashire councillors criticise Cuadrilla’s record on planning conditions at Preston New Road. Details

27 February 2017

Fylde Borough Councillor, Roger Lloyd, knocked to the floor during policing of protests outside the Preston New Road site. Details

Cuadrilla breaches environment permit condition when surface water discharges into tributary of Carr Bridge Brook. Details

25 February 2017

Organisers of an anti-fracking national day of action near the Preston New Road site estimate 1,000 people attended. Lancashire Police alleged around 150 people tried to enter the site. Details. The force later corrected this statement (see 1 March 2017)

20 February 2017

Eight-person lock-on protest

17 February 2017

Possession order served at protection camp at Dugdale Close, Blackpool

16 February 2017

Six people arrested under Section 14 of the Public Order Act following a lock-on protest. Another person was reported for summons

11 February 2017

Mid-March date expected for statutory challenges by Preston New Road Action Group and Geza Frackman to ministerial granting of Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of planning permission.

10 February 2017

31-year-old man from Blackpool, protesting outside the site, was arrested under Section 241 of the Trades Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act. Details

1 February 2017

Meet the Regulators event at Wrea Green to discuss regulation of Preston New Road. Details

31 January 2017

Four people arrested following a seven-hour lock-on protest outside the entrance to the Preston New Road site – later charged with failing to comply with a prohibited assembly police direction. Details

27 January 2017

Two women arrested outside Preston New Road. Details

26 January 2017

Lancashire County Council confirms some lorries visiting the site are now following the agreed traffic route in breach of planning conditions but no action will be taken. Details

Court papers reveal that statutory challenges will be heard in Manchester. Details

6 January 2017

Opponents begin protests outside the site, slow-walking in front of lorries. Details

5 January 2017

Cuadrilla begins work on surface construction work at Preston New Road. Details

2 December 2016

Anti-fracking campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, announces he is bringing a second challenge against the approval of planning permission at Preston New Road. Details

Cuadrilla announces first contract for Preston New Road site works to A E Yates, of Bolton, Gtr Manchester. Details

18 November 2016

Preston New Road Action Group announces it is bringing a statutory challenge against Sajid Javid’s decision to allow planning permission for fracking at Preston New Road. Details

8 October 2016

People opposed to fracking demonstrate outside the Preston New Road site to protest at the go-ahead for exploration. Details

6 October 2016

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announces he has allowed Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of permission to frack at Preston New Road, following the recommendation of the inquiry inspector. He also accepts her recommendation to allow the appeal over the monitoring scheme. Decision and details

20 September 2016

Lancashire Nanas opposition group send a letter to the Queen in a final attempt to prevent fracking near Blackpool

19 September 2016

Gayzer Frackman begins to raise money for a legal challenge to any government approval of planning permission for fracking at Preston New Road. Details

14 July 2016

Sajid Javid replaces Greg Clark as Communities Secretary

5 July 2016

Planning inspector, Wendy McKay, confirms she has sent her recommendation to the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, on Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of permission to frack at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.

7 May 2016

Cuadrilla notifies Lancashire County Council that it plans to drill monitoring boreholes at Preston New Road.

4 April 2016

Public Inspectorate announces that Wendy McKay, the inspector at the Cuadrilla appeal, will submit her recommendation on or before 4 July 2016

16 March 2016

End of public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeal over refusal of plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

24 February 2016

Site visits by planning inspector, Wendy McKay, as part of public inquiry

17 February 2016

First of four sessions at which members of the public gave evidence to the inquiry

9 February 2016

Opening day of public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeal over refusal of planning permission to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood and to carry out monitoring at Preston New Road. The inquiry also examined Cuadrilla’s appeal against conditions on monitoring around Roseacre Wood.

25 January 2016

Details of public inquiry released

26 November 2015

Greg Clark, Secretary of State of Communities and Local Government, announces he will recover Cuadrilla’s appeal and decide whether fracking should go ahead at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

20 October 2015

Confirmation that the following will take part in public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeal: Cuadrilla, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Preston New Road Action Group, Roseacre Awareness Group, Friends of the Earth and Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council.

11 September 2015

Cuadrilla appeals against refusal of planning permission

23 July 2015

Confirmation that Cuadrilla is to appeal against the refusal of permission by Lancashire County Council for fracking at Preston New Road

29 June 2015

Lancashire County Council refuses permission to Cuadrilla to frack at Preston New Road on noise and landscape grounds. Details

15 June 2015

The planning officer for Lancashire County Council recommends approval of Cuadrilla’s plan to frack at Preston New Road

23 April 2015

Lancashire County Council announces Cuadrilla’s fracking planning applications will be decided by 30 June 2015

14 April 2015

Cuadrilla announces acoustic barriers up go 14m high at proposed fracking sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

20 March 2015

New public consultation begins on extra information on Cuadrilla’s fracking applications at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

28 January 2015

Lancashire County Council’s development control committee defers a decision on Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

23 January 2015

Cuadrilla asks Lancashire County Council to defer a decision on the company’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

21 January 2015

Planning officer at Lancashire County Council recommends refusal of permission to frack at Preston New Road on noise grounds

16 January 2015

Environment Agency grants permit for shale gas exploration and fracking at Preston New Road. Details

26 November 2014

New public consultation on extra information on Cuadrilla’s planning application for fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

23 October 2014

Lancashire County Council says it needs more time to decide Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood

12 June 2014

Lancashire County Council publishes Cuadrilla’s planning application for fracking at Preston New Road

4 February 2014

Cuadrilla announces plans for two fracking sites in the Fylde area of Lancashire


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