A network of groups opposed to fracking near Formby has called for the scheme to be refused because of concerns about flooding, peat extraction, the green belt, noise, traffic and impacts on wildlife.
A government minister seemed this morning to support the idea that a permanent ban on fracking would be the best way his department could tackle climate change.
A provisional date has been set for the decision on fracking plans in Lancashire – the first to be considered since the government announced a moratorium last year.
A peer is seeking to change the law to ban fracking and the licensing of oil and gas exploration.
Plans to produce oil for 25 years near the village of Puddletown in Dorset have prompted local objections and national concerns.
The policing operation outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site has ended, Lancashire Constabulary has confirmed.
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, wants more time at its gas production site at Elswick in Lancashire.