Fracking industry making slow but sure progress in England

The UK’s first ever horizontal fracking operation will take place this year. Rachel Salvidge sets out what you need to know about an industry that is on the verge of establishing itself in England

Cuadrilla's Preese Hall test drilling site. Photograph: Cuadrilla

Cuadrilla has detected a ‘very sizeable quantity’ of gas at its Preston New Road test site

With hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil effectively banned in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London, UK fracking firms have pinned their hopes on Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Weald Basin beneath Kent and Surrey to provide the elusive shale gas bounty.

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